[Osmf-talk] Blanket copyright licence in Contributor Terms
matt at asklater.com
Sun Dec 13 00:33:52 UTC 2009
Frederik Ramm wrote:
> 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?
and also that the Contents are effectively PD, but anyone downloading
planet.osm is effectively downloading a database. so each individual
Content item has a very liberal license, but when used in Substantial
amounts is governed by the ODbL.
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