[OSM-legal-talk] OS Opendata & the new license

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Fri Sep 24 12:40:08 BST 2010


On 24 September 2010 12:10, David Dean <ddean at ieee.org> wrote:
> Grant,
>
> On 24 September 2010 20:21, Grant Slater <openstreetmap at firefishy.com> wrote:
>> Ordnance Survey's OpenData license specifically allows sub-licensing,
>> restricted by the need for attribution. There isn't a conflict with
>> the 'free and open licence' when section 4 (attribution) is taken into
>> account.
>
> Section 4 only ensures that OSM provide attribution, not that the end
> user of the OpenData data in OSM has to.
>
> For example, hypothetically a 2/3 majority of OSMers could vote for
> CC0 under the CTs, but this would not be compatible for OpenData as
> the end-user publishers of the CC0 OSM data would not be obliged to
> attribute either OSM or OpenData.
>

Yes, in this hypothetical future scenario we would no longer be
compatible (in my view) with the OpenData License. I simply don't see
the OSMF + Community putting such a scenario forward without them
first sorting out the issue.

Regards
 Grant



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