[OSM-legal-talk] [DRAFT] Contributor Terms 1.2

Francis Davey fjmd1a at gmail.com
Thu Nov 18 10:41:34 GMT 2010

On 18 November 2010 10:34, 80n <80n80n at gmail.com> wrote:
> In this case, where the content is from some third party and is currently
> compatible with ODbL but may not be compatible with some future license, it
> would be essential that detailed and accurate records of such contributions
> are maintained.

Yes. Something like that would be necessary if you can't identify the
original licence. Surely that is inevitable if (i) you want to be able
to allow contributors to contribute data licensed CC-BY-SA or under
some other licence (like many of the government licenses) and (ii) you
want to be able to change the licence in the future.

As I understand it (i) and (ii) are both desiderata.

> There would need to be a record of which licenses apply to each edit made by
> each contributor.  And come the time of a future license change there would
> possibly be a purging of unsuitable content that would as problematic as the
> one currently proposed.

Not quite. You would not need to seek anyone's permission to delete
data, or indeed interact with contributors at all, except to allow the
vote on the new licence. So it might be problematic, but in a
different way.

> To me, this looks like a recipe for chaos.

(shrug) maybe. I don't have a feel for the practicalities and its not
really my call.

Francis Davey

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