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

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Mon Apr 18 22:12:24 BST 2011


On 04/18/2011 10:06 PM, Simon Ward wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 07:34:57AM +0200, andrzej zaborowski wrote:
>>
>> 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.

Since there are licences that explicitly exclude commercial use that 
used in projects branded "open" (OpenCourseWare being a particularly 
egregious example of this) it is worthwhile mentioning commercial use, 
however vague it is as a concept.

- Rob.



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