[Osmf-talk] Blanket copyright licence in Contributor Terms

Gervase Markham gerv at gerv.net
Sat Dec 12 22:12:35 UTC 2009

Also, again, forgive me if this has been covered but was there a 
response to the concern that the Contributor Terms seem to give a 
blanket copyright grant to everyone?

"You hereby grant to OSMF and any party that receives Your Contents a 
worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable license 
to do any act that is restricted by copyright over anything within the 
Contents, whether in the original medium or any other."

Does "any party that receives your Contents" mean "anyone who downloads 
planet.osm"? That seems like the obvious on-the-face-of-it meaning. If 
not, why doesn't it mean that? If it does mean that, why does this 
clause not mean that the data is effectively PD?


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