[Osmf-talk] Fwd: AW: Lizenzverstoß bei Magix Foto auf CD&DVD 9

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Wed Nov 25 18:35:27 UTC 2009


Lulu-Ann at gmx.de wrote:
> My problem here is, that the answer of Magix does not sound like they
> are planning to act correctly next time,

Well, they write:

> Versehentlich ist aber wohl versäumt worden, auf die CC by-sa-Lizenz
> sowie das Projekt Openstreetmaps hinzuweisen. Dies werden wir mit
> einem kommenden Patch nachholen. Ich bitte dies zu entschuldigen.

Which translates as: "Out of oversight, we didn't mention the CC-BY-SA 
license and the OpenStreetMap project. We will fix this in an upcoming 
patch and we are sorry for that."

Isn't that good enough?

> If we do not act consequently in the beginning of problems (what will
> result in press articles), we will have to cope with an increasing
> number of companies who think they will get along without
> attribution.

We can deal with that then. At the moment, I believe that vigilante 
action is hurting the project. The general situation is that many grow 
wary of the all-seeing giant that is Google and look for alternatives, 
and OSM stands out as an exceptionally good alternative. I think that we 
scare potential users away if we give ourselves the image of a bunch of 
tight-fisted misanthropes who don't really want anyone using their work.

> To steer the press articles, somebody of the foundation could give an
> interview, announcing that in the future there might be sues, because
> the problem grows. Then nobody can say 'oops, now OSM suddenly gets
> nasty...' and we have good press, not bad.

If you want to avoid bad press, don't be bad. Don't assume that everyone 
is evil.


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