[OSM-legal-talk] Rights granted to OSMF (Section 2 of the CT)

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 05:39:14 BST 2011

Some people have problems with section 2 of the proposed CT because of
granting of rights to OSMF.

Section 2 of CT 1.2.4[1]:

"[...] You hereby grant to OSMF a worldwide, royalty-free,
non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable licence to do any act that is
restricted by copyright, database right or any related right over
anything within the Contents, whether in the original medium or any
other. [...]"

But to reiterate a point I raised before, this is not a new thing in
Free/Open projects:

Apache Software Foundation Contributor License Agreement[2]:

"[...] You hereby grant to the [Apache Software] Foundation and to
recipients of software distributed by the Foundation a perpetual,
worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable
copyright license to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly
display, publicly perform, sublicense, and distribute Your
Contributions and such derivative works. [...]"

Clearly this is not that big a problem for Apache contributors, why
should it be a big problem for OSM contributors (setting aside the
desire to import other data for which the contributor has no right to

[1] http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/License/Contributor_Terms
[2] http://www.apache.org/licenses/icla.txt

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