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

Simon Ward simon at bleah.co.uk
Mon Apr 18 22:06:36 BST 2011


On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 07:34:57AM +0200, andrzej zaborowski wrote:
> On 18 April 2011 07:26, ce-test, qualified testing bv - Gert Gremmen
> <g.gremmen at cetest.nl> wrote:
> > Thanks Grant,
> >
> > I understand what the OSMF stands for, and my question was maybe
> > unclear:
> >
> > What does this phrase (about the transferred rights )in the contributor
> > terms mean:
> >
> >> From CT 1.2.4/2
> >> " These rights explicitly include commercial use, and do not exclude
> > any
> >> field of endeavour."
> >
> > As written down it seems opposite to the OSMF statutes and memorandum...
> 
> Commercial use needs to be allowed for the data to even be considered
> "open knowledge" according to http://www.opendefinition.org/okd/ .
> Since this is often a deciding factor for authors/users/courts, it's
> probably good that this is mentioned explicitly.

“commercial” is ambiguous, and while I don’t expect “commercial“ use to
be restricted, I don’t think it needs to be explicitly stated.  Just
allow “any field of endeavour”.  KISS, etc.

Simon
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