[OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-talk] Critical Mass for license change-over

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 22:46:52 GMT 2012

Hi Robert,

On 31 January 2012 21:53, Robert Kaiser <kairo at kairo.at> wrote:
> andrzej zaborowski schrieb:
>> I'm not sure if I would have joined OSM in the first place if it had
>> not used this wikipedia model at this time, same as I haven't
>> contributed (more than bug reports) to FSF or Mozilla owned projects.
> Interesting to see Mozilla mentioned here as clearly every contributor
> retains his rights when contributing to Mozilla code and does not assign any
> of his rights to anyone.

Assignment of your rights requires a written agreement in some
jurisdictions so there's no talk of that.  Mozilla, Facebook, etc, as
you say, require a grant of the right to sublicense and other rights.
As a result individual contributors are no longer the end licensors as
in most projects I know as free and as in OpenStreetMap today.
Various reasons are being quoted for doing that and there are various
reasons against it (see the last two years of this list's archives).

> You're right when it comes to FSF though, they have
> a strict copyright assignment policy, when you contribute code there, you
> don't own it any more but the FSF does.
> Also note that under the OSM CTs, there is no copyright assignment per se,
> there is only a sub-license agreement. You don't *give away* your copyright,
> but you allow the OSMF to to *use* your copyrighted material and sub-license
> it.

Yes, of course, I think it is Mike DuPont who said "give away".  But
obviously we're talking about the grant of rights.


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