[OSM-legal-talk] Worry-some bill in Iceland

Johan C osmned at gmail.com
Thu Jan 17 22:18:00 GMT 2013


Give them the suggestion to use Openstreetmap as their database, since
that's the cheapest platform for the Icelandic taxpayer, the uptime is
almost 100%, it's flexible, Icelandic citizens and government can cooperate
to get the best map possible, it's open and available to anyone.

Cheers, Johan

2013/1/17 Alex Barth <alex at mapbox.com>

> Ugh. Like you're saying, this is clearly not a good "open" policy. Does
> Iceland or any involved politicians have ambitions to join the Open
> Government Partnership? This might be an angle.
>
> Maybe worthwhile to put in an official notice by the OSMF that this law
> would hurt volunteer contributed geo data projects like OSM?
>
> Also, Pakistan comes to mind:
> http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/pakistanis-lost-without-maps/
>
> On Jan 17, 2013, at 12:46 PM, Svavar Kjarrval <svavar at kjarrval.is> wrote:
>
> > Hi.
> >
> > There is a bill (in the meaning of 'proposed law') in the Icelandic
> > parliament regarding nature protection that worries me. The bill states
> > that the National Land Survey of Iceland is supposed to create a
> > database of roads and road tracks and it should be free (as in cost) and
> > „available“ (nothing prevents terms being set for distribution). That's
> > not what worries me since free (as in freedom) data is excellent.
> >
> > It further states that all maps distributed in Iceland have to conform
> > to the database mentioned above, or The Environment Agency of Iceland
> > can invoke daily fines on whoever distributes a database that doesn't
> > conform to this standard. This requirement is put on everybody, not just
> > those who get a copy of said database. By definition, it's impossible to
> > ensure that the OSM database conforms to this standard at all times
> > since the database can always be freely downloaded and edited. It could
> > also restrict people in Iceland that would like to legally distribute
> > OSM maps and data since they'd have a hard time being sure that the
> > requirement is fulfilled in their copy of the database.
> >
> > The bill is under review by a parliamentary committee and I'd like to
> > send it a review under my name. I would like some pointers of what I
> > should mention in the review to convince them to drop that requirement.
> > If you'd like, I could provide a rough translation of the corresponding
> > article in the bill.
> >
> > With regards,
> > Svavar Kjarrval
> >
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