[Osmf-talk] License with or without virus

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 01:47:27 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 1:30 AM, Henk Hoff <henk at toffehoff.nl> wrote:

> 2009/12/8 Matija Nalis <mnalis-openstreetmap-osmflist at voyager.hr>
>>   Forget from which license to which we are proposing changing. What I'm
>>   talking about is question if the damage that WILL be done (data loss,
>>   contributors alienation, etc) is worth the benefit (better protection
>>   from the "bad guys who won't share")? And "is this right time to do it,
>>   are there really so many bad guys abusing OSM at the *moment* ? Or would
>>   it perhaps be better to change it when it becomes obvious that they are
>>   really becoming the problem, instead of now?"
> But then you're too late. And then the damage is even worse.
> The right time to do this was when the OSM project started. We've gone way
> past that point. There's never going to be a right time (= having no damage)
> anymore.
> - How many bad guys should be abusing OSM before we say "That's enough,
> let's get our stuff under another license!"
> How many bad guys have abused OSM data so far?

> On the other hand: there are also organizations that want to use OSM data,
> but think that the current license is not clear on the scope of derived work
> and are therefore are not using OSM data.
> To them the right time to do the change is now.....
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