[Osmf-talk] Can we untick the Public domain checkbox from our initial choice done during OSM sign up?

Claire Halleux halleuxc at gmail.com
Tue Oct 1 10:07:49 UTC 2019


I found myself in the same situation last year, and at the time the info I
obtained was that having the PD box checked "doesn't currently have any
implication" and is more of an indicator of what the contributors think.
However, 10 years after having checked that box, I do consider that this
"indicator" is at least outdated and at best useless.
Moreover, nowadays a number of contributions are constrained by additional
licenses from imagery providers or imports and if a "license wish" was to
be expressed, I think that it should be at the changeset level.


Le mar. 1 oct. 2019 à 09:31, severin.menard via osmf-talk <
osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org> a écrit :

> Hi,
> As I guess many people signing up in OSM and not necessarily very aware at
> that time about data licenses, I did not pay much attention to the
> check-box below the contributor agreement asking if I would consider my
> contributions as part of public domain. And it seems I ticked it. Now I am
> strongly convinced of the benefits of both attribution and share-alike
> requirements and obviously regret that choice.
> My question is: can I now edit this option of the contributor agreement
> and untick this checkbox, considering it would be totally harmless for OSM
> as PD not being the current license for OSM? Or everyone in my case
> unfortunately needs to create a new OSM account?
> This apart, I think this checkbox should not be implemented at all in the
> contributor agreement when signing up. Why specifically for PD? If ever
> arises a project of switching from ODbL to PD, I think it should be handled
> at least the way it was done for CC-BY-SA to ODbL in 2012, with a specific
> choice for that change with detailed information for the contributors,
> moreover considering it would be a much, much more drastic switch.
> I also think that
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Licence_and_Legal_FAQ/Why_would_I_want_my_contributions_to_be_public_domain
> should also have a Cons section after the Pros.
> Sincerely,
> Severin
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