[Osmf-talk] OSM : It's a shame !!!

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Mon May 28 20:02:36 UTC 2012

On 28 May 2012 21:42, ce-test, qualified testing bv - Gert Gremmen
<g.gremmen at cetest.nl> wrote:
> Why is there no tool for checking on copy paste copyright infringement…

Copying and pasting is not a copyright infringement.  The Contributor
Terms don't require that the data inserted into the database be
compatible with ODbL -- only the current licensing terms, which still
means CC-By-SA.  Otherwise many many normal edits would also
constitute an infringement.

The infringement will occur if the OSM Foundation decides to publish
the database under the ODbL based on the CT-acceptance.

The problem has been discussed many times on the legal-talk@ list,
most of the times with the same conclusion, including opinions by a
copyright lawyer.  The LWG hasn't reacted as far as I've seen.
Neither has any recent part of the license change process been legally
reviewed, as far as I know again.


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