[OSM-legal-talk] I want my access back

Olaf Schmidt-Wischhöfer olaf at amen-online.de
Fri Aug 12 08:17:01 BST 2011

[Robert Kaiser, 11.08.2011, 21:17]:
> Most of us always agreed that our data is "the data of the OSM project" as
> soon as we contributed it, and that the project will always be able to use
> it. Some disagree apparently and make the life of the project much harder.

Unfortunately it is not „the OSM project“ that will decide what happens with 
the data in the future. Many contributors who are important parts of the 
project will not be allowed to vote on future license changes. The sysadmins 
even reserve the right to remove voting rights from people by blocking their 
edit rights. See the definition of „active contributor“ in the CT to 
understand why. Members of both the sysadmins and of the legal working group 
are aware of this, but they have clearly stated that they do not want this to 
change. Loosing a few contributors (and their data) is regarded as a minor 

My opinion is that the project consists of all people that contribute to it, 
and that all contributors should be acknowledged for their work. Some 
influential people disagree obviously, and this make the life of the project 
much harder.

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