[OSM-legal-talk] Retain PD mapper's contributions?

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Sun Nov 27 13:53:42 GMT 2011

On 27 November 2011 14:10, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
> Mike N. wrote:
>> Frederik Ramm wrote:
>>> there are some people whose edits we know we can keep somehow (even if
>>> someone has to manually copy them and upload under their own account)
>> Is this a way that we might be able to retain a
>> declared-PD-but-CT-declining mapper's contributions?
> Yes.
> The Contributor Terms say "If you contribute Contents, You are indicating
> that, as far as You know, You have the right to authorize OSMF to use and
> distribute those Contents under our current licence terms." In other words,
> you can contribute anything that is compatible with the current licence
> terms. PD is compatible with the current licence terms. PD is compatible
> with everything!
> So it requires a user to take on the contributions of the "PD/decliner".
> This might be done elegantly (i.e. by reassigning their contributions within
> the database - pretty much 'UPDATE changesets SET user=the_new_mapper WHERE
> user=the_PD_decliner'), if LWG consents. Or alternatively, as Frederik
> alludes, it might be done rather more messily, by deleting and reimporting
> the PD/decliner's contributions and any subsequent (CT-agreeing)
> alterations. Obviously I hope we can use the elegant solution. :)

Honestly both solutions are kind of ugly because they mess up edits
history.  If some data is PD then it should be possible to just retain
it in the event of a license change, the SQL query is unlikely to
change its legal status.


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