[OSM-legal-talk] Rights granted to OSMF (Section 2 of the CT)
frederik at remote.org
Sun Apr 17 11:16:25 BST 2011
On 04/17/2011 10:51 AM, Florian Lohoff wrote:
> 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.
Firstly, in the CT case we're not talking "transfer of copyright".
Secondly, I have no evidence about whether, on the whole, the net effect
on GCC is negative because of those non-submitted patches; it is
possible that if another license regime were found for GCC, other
patches would be non-submitted instead.
Thirdly, this is a situation in which pragmatism and ideology clash. I
tend to be a nasty ideologist in many situations, but I think a large
project like OSM demands that everyone is willing to make some
compromises for the project to flourish. I'd prefer to have pragmatic
people who help us build the map than ideologues who explain their
myriad "no gos" to me. I'd love to be able to convince these people to
work with us on the things that really matter for the future of OSM, but
if they are unwilling to be pragmatic then let them go and found their
own, ideologically clean OSM. "realosm.org" is still available. I'm sure
they will have great discussions there, full of energy and positive
attitude, a real sense of community and the ideal climate to really get
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