[OSM-legal-talk] What happens on April 1?

Jonathan Harley jon at spiffymap.net
Wed Mar 7 09:44:47 GMT 2012

On 07/03/12 08:16, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Hi,
> On 03/07/12 04:06, Steve Bennett wrote:
>>    Given that many people are now actively remapping, is there any
>> prospect of pushing back the cutover deadline?
> If there really are people actively remapping and our rushing through 
> the license change would sabotage their work and alienate them then 
> yes, we should postpone for a month or two. Sadly, here in Germany 
> many people are of the opposite opinion and they say "let's wait until 
> after the license change, and then see what's missing and fix it". I 
> would much prefer people to remap now but it seems that remapping is 
> not for everyone.
> The current graphs - http://tools.geofabrik.de/osmi/munin.html - point 
> steadily downwards but if you extrapolate you'll see that they are 
> unlikely to reach zero before autumn.
>> Is there any reason not
>> to?
> "If we wait another month then 5% more data can be remapped" is not a 
> solid reason, and neither is "I'm sure Foursquare would be unhappy to 
> lose a few roads in the US". These reasons are especially bad because 
> they an be repeated month after month and thus could make the process 
> drag on endlessly.

I agree. Another reason not to is that the looming deadline is actually 
motivating people to stop waiting for CT-undecideds to respond and do 
remapping - I know it's motivating me and other people I've talked to. 
Take away the deadline and you demotivate remappers, while also putting 
off the contribution from the wait-and-sees as Frederik says.

I suspect that we'll see the highest rates of remapping work in the few 
weeks immediately before and after the deadline. For that, we need the 


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