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

Christian Quest cquest at openstreetmap.fr
Fri Aug 31 14:13:38 UTC 2012

I fully agree with Frederik.

I don't understand why the Board would put any pressure.

Please, please, don't ruin long term with short term.

Thanks in advance.

2012/8/31 Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>:
> Hi,
>    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.
> Bye
> Frederik
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