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

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 10:00:34 BST 2011

On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 4:51 PM, Florian Lohoff <f at zz.de> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 01:17:46PM +0800, Eugene Alvin Villar wrote:
>> On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM, John Smith <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > On 17 April 2011 14:39, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> 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
>> >> sublicense)?
>> >
>> > Apache has been a mature project for quite some time, what you should
>> > be asking instead is why did others go for GPL for their httpd.
>> >
>> > In any case this sort of clause is most common with projects like
>> > google map maker, In fact until recently this was a reason used to
>> > promote OSM, the fact that it didn't use the same terms as google map
>> > maker.
>> The point still stands. Granting rights to a central body (but not
>> your copyright--you still retain that) is not unheard of in open
>> communities.
> But has been a major point of problems in the past. Have a look at
> the GCC issues. Patches will not be submitted because a transfer of
> copyright is a no go for some.

FSF, owner of GCC, has copyright assignment. On the other hand, OSMF's
CT only has a rights grant (contributor still retains copyright on his
own data), which is the same thing as what ASF's agreement asks. So
this should be less problematic than the FSF situation.

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