[Tagging] My ban by user Woodpeck = Frederik Ramm

"Christian Müller" cmue81 at gmx.de
Sat Jun 29 06:05:44 UTC 2019

The intriguing question is:

Does use of OSM in commercial products make
OSM a commercial product?  IMHO it does not.

This would blow any license like PD, BSD, etc.:

Just because companies /use/ what's available
on an open basis, doesn't change the status of
the objects used.  The OSM foundation e.g. is a
UK based /non-profit/ organization.

A more popular example: There's BSD code in MS
products - does this close down the BSD code!?

Don't get me wrong:  I agree with you in that it
is more of a hazzle for OSM to repeat something
like that awful redaction process driven by a bot
in the past.  But on the other hand there's harm
to the same extent if we try to make OSM data as
/sterile/ as possible as to survive any legal
threat.  OSM is part of this world and as an eco-
system driven by many individuals a sum of data
(and to some extent "thought") exchange by these
individuals.  IMHO it's ridiculous to try to put
a copyright tag on each and every geographic
toponym, just because someone claims it's a
trademark of his.  If we attribute each and
every word of natural language to someone in
this world holding some kind of lock on it,
there'd be no OSM at all.  Or in other words:
This project will never be free of any legal
risk (just as any other open source project
will not).


> Sent on Wednesday, 06/26/19 by "Marc Gemis" <marc.gemis at gmail.com>
> Since OSM is used in commercial products, all exceptions you mention
> for non-commercial use is not applicable.
> The debate of many persons copying 1 fact from another database has
> been discussed in the past, but OSM always tries to err on the safe
> side. IMHO It would be more damaging to the project to have to remove
> data when a company or organisation start filing copyright claims (as
> there is no money to pay lawyers).

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