[OSM-legal-talk] Contents Licence for OSM Data

Sachin Dole sdole at genvega.com
Wed Oct 29 14:45:06 UTC 2014


I guess I do understand that congenital/viral aspect of the license. What I
am finding hard to understand is what does OSM get in return for this
feature? I can see that the expectation is that users of OSM will need to
share alike and hence enrich the data and its contributors. However, due to
that very same congenital/viral feature wouldn't a large number of
potential users simply choose to not  "inherit" or be "infected" by OSM? In
turn wouldn't this choice to not use OSM reduce the prospect of share alike
infections/inheritance?
On Oct 29, 2014 9:37 AM, "Rob Myers" <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:

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> On 29/10/14 07:02 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
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> > actually this would remove the virality from the license, a feature
> > that was chosen on purpose to be included. The basic idea of share
> > alike licenses is to "infect" other stuff that gets in contact with
> > the share-alike content/data to become share-alike itself.
>
> It's "congenital", not "viral". It propagates by inheritance, not
> contagion.
>
> ;-)
>
> - - Rob.
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