[Osmf-talk] Results of OSMF Member Vote
frederik at remote.org
Mon Dec 28 08:47:54 UTC 2009
Matija Nalis wrote:
> However, if we do get the same (or similar) turnout on the actual
> relicensing question sent to OSM contributors (due to happen soon?), that
> would AFAICT mean that contributions of all those ~45% people who didn't
> bother or didn't want to answer the question, as well as those ~11% who were
> against will have their data REMOVED from the map
I don't view the matter with quite the same urgency as you do.
If a significant amount of data is not relicensed, and if OSMF should go
ahead nonetheless (which I doubt it will), then people will simply run
the old data set on some server of their own. There will, at worst,
be some ripples and ruptures in the community. If certain countries or
areas are hard hit by people not relicensing, we might see regional
splits/forks, where the local community continues to use the CC-BY-SA
licensed data set and the little excerpts that have been relicensed go
to rot on the main OSM data base. But my guess is that there will be a
strong gravitational pull from OSM proper, and after a while everything
will be back to normal.
It might be worse in some areas, and better in others; it is too early
to tell. It may be rough seas, but I don't think the ship's going to sink.
Ironically, those places where we have imported public domain data
(remember, that evil non-license which would only cause us trouble if we
ever were to adopt it) will survive with the least scars.
 given how inevitable this is, an enlightened OSMF would even offer
to run that on OSMF infrastructure.
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