[Osmf-talk] Contributor Terms: is the right to fork granted?
matt at asklater.com
Mon Dec 7 16:32:11 UTC 2009
Gervase Markham wrote:
> On 07/12/09 03:29, Niccolo Rigacci wrote:
>> I read the Contributor Terms from the Proposed License , where
>> "You grant the OSM Foundation a copyright and database rights
>> license for the bits of data that you add".
>> The draft of the Contributor Terms from the wiki  says
>> instead: "You hereby grant to OSMF and any party that receives
>> Your Contents a worldwide, royalty-free...".
>> I think that "and any party that receives Your Contents" makes a
>> big difference: in a case only OSMF has rights, in the other case
>> anybody who downloaded the planet. Am I right?
> This bit of the Contributor Terms definitely seems wrong. On the face of
> it, it grants unlimited rights to everyone. The license does not define
> the word "receives" specially, and the Contents is your contribution, so
> downloading planet.osm seems to be "receiving the Contents" to me.
that might be wrong. obviously the intent wasn't to grant such a liberal
license, otherwise we wouldn't want the ODbL.
one point though, does it make a difference that when you're downloading
the planet from OSMF, it's OSMF who is the licensor and then it's
licensed under the ODbL?
there's also maybe a subtle point between the Contents and the Database.
does it matter that the Contents are liberally licensed, given that
Substantial extracts of the Database would be ODbL licensed?
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