[Osmf-talk] Blanket copyright licence in Contributor Terms

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sat Dec 12 22:27:59 UTC 2009


Gervase Markham wrote:
> "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?

But the party would "receive the contents" only through OSMF, and OSMF 
will slap on the ODbL at that time, isn't that so? And this paragraph 
only serves to say that you will not claim any rights over and above 
what OSMF slaps on through the ODbL?


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