[talk-au] Fwd: [OSM-legal-talk] ODbL License + Outline Procedure

James Livingston doctau at mac.com
Sat Feb 28 03:45:04 GMT 2009

On 28/02/2009, at 12:17 PM, Jim Croft wrote:

> Out of curiosity, would one of the Creative Commons
> (http://creativecommons.org/) licenses be able to provide
> thefunctionality and the flexibility we might need?

Basically, no - what is why the Open Database Licence is being worked  
on. Essentially the problem is that while Creative Commons is fine for  
creative works, OSM pretty much a collection of facts rather than a  
creative work.

I haven't looked into all the details, but I believe that ODbL tries  
to use "database copyright" when such a concept exists in a particular  
countries legal system and other mechanisms when it doesn't.

     James Livingston

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