[Osmf-talk] ODbL switchover at SOTM, bad idea

Simone Cortesi simone at cortesi.com
Fri Aug 31 13:45:13 UTC 2012

On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

>    it has come to my attention that the current board intends to
> publicly announce the switch to ODbL at SOTM even though there are
> still unsolved issues (missing changeover guidance for data consumers,
> unclear DMCA takedown procedures, etc.). We at DWG have already been
> told in no uncertain terms to "nuke" whatever problematic data remains
> as quickly as possible ("and sort out problems later"), and I believe
> folks at LWG are feeling a similar pressure.
> This doesn't sound good to me.
> If it is true that issues remain to be solved, solve them BEFORE you
> throw the switch. After so many years, diligence in the license change
> must not be dented for a cheap show effect, for a "nice
> opportunity" or just to have something to announce.
> Don't risk ruining it on the last metres. We are not doing the license
> change for the glory of the OSMF board. Nobody gains from a license
> change that looks nice in the press but is unfinished in practice.

It took us so many years to accomplish. Please, do it the proper way,
when ready, and not at a conference where only 0.01% of the active
mappers are going to be.

Success is near the corner, what can be announced is the fact that
odbl release is just some weeks away.



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