[OSM-legal-talk] Copyright Assignment

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 22:43:39 GMT 2010


On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 9:17 PM, Simon Ward <simon at bleah.co.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 07:24:47PM +0000, 80n wrote:
> > Any share-however-you-like license has the properties you describe.
>  We're
> > talking about share-alike here.
> >
> > It may suit you, as a consumer of OSM data, to not give a damn about
> > contributing back to the project, but that's not what OSM is about.
>
> Share-alike is really about the next user, anyone who receives the work,
> having the same freedoms.  The next user is not necessarily the original
> project (e.g. OpenStreetMap), but the original project can still
> benefit.
>
> Any licence that would require contribution back to the original project
> fails to give those freedoms to people with limited connectivity,
> sometimes even completely segregated from the Internet as we know it.
>
> CC-BY-SA doesn't require contribution back but it does *permit*
contribution back.  That's an important distinction.

ODbL + CT does not always permit contibution back.  It's a problem caused by
the contributor terms, not by ODbL,  and needs to be addressed.
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