[OSM-legal-talk] definitions of "free" and "open"

Francis Davey fjmd1a at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 08:30:49 BST 2011

On 11 April 2011 08:09, Grant Slater <openstreetmap at firefishy.com> wrote:

> In addition, Contributor Terms v1.2.4 also now reference
> http://www.opendefinition.org/okd/
> Source: http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/License/Contributor_Terms

Yes. If the matter ever came to court - which seems rather unlikely
and lets hope it does not - the phrase "free and open" would probably
be understood by a court as limiting the power of the contributors'
vote. I suspect that a court would wish to give the contributors a
wide discretion but it would be fettered to some extent by the

It also (I hope) gives a lead to contributors as to the intention of
OSMF if any vote were held.

Francis Davey

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