[OSM-legal-talk] Adopt a PD-Mapper ....... was Re: Refusing CT but declaring contributions as PD

Michael Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Wed Aug 31 14:25:54 BST 2011

Hi Simon,

Basically no. Our stance is that the only copy of their data that is 
accessible is what they contributed only under CC-BY-SA in a database 
which is published CC-BY-SA.  Whilst that stance may be arguable, the 
number of contributors is small, (3?), there is still a paradox between 
making a broad PD/CC0 declaration and not accepting the more limited 
subset new contributor terms, and there is a simple, practical solution 
without involving folks in a lot of technical work.

Such mappers have taken a principled and clear but minority position 
that OSM data should be published PD/CC0 right now and have not accepted 
the contributors terms to make that point. The simple practical solution 
is to now accept the terms having made the point. Outside the "right 
now", the new terms do not logically conflict and provide a rational 
mechanism for further engagement with the OSM community on what our 
license should be.


On 31/08/2011 12:07, Simon Poole wrote:
> Would the LWG support assigning the change sets of mappers that have 
> made some kind of PD/CC0 declaration, to mappers that are willing to 
> vouch for the data and accept the CTs?
>  At least for mappers that have not explicitly declined the CTs this 
> would seem to be doable without creating a conflict.
> Simon
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