[OSM-legal-talk] Advice regarding terms from an agency

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Wed Jan 23 17:59:42 GMT 2013

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM, Svavar Kjarrval <svavar at kjarrval.is>wrote:

>  Hi.

[ ... ]

I suspect that such a condition is not in the spirit of open data but
> nevertheless I decided to inquire about it anyway. Would such a condition
> for data be acceptable for data contributions? If the terms would be on the
> wiki page, would they be legally binding for whoever downloads the data?

Dear Svavar,

I suspect that you are correct.  "Not in the spirit of open data",
"unacceptable as a condition for contributed data", are both thoughts that
I had on reading your email.

I don't think that this is necessarily a dead end though.  A patient
explanation may help, or getting others at the agency involved may help.

Don't give up.  Government agencies tend to move slowly.

Best regards,
Richard (Speaking only for myself.  LWG have not discussed your email.)
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