[Talk-ca] BC Open Data License compatibility

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Thu Sep 8 00:24:19 BST 2011

On 9/4/2011 6:51 PM, john whelan wrote:
> The issue with using data like this with OSM is when you contribute it 
> under the new contribution terms you accept that OSM can change the 
> license at a later date.  Practically speaking it makes it impossible 
> to respect any other license so currently only PD data and things you 
> have explicitly mapped yourself are safe.
> In the OSM talk thread there are people who seem to think that all 
> imports are bad and I suspect the license change clause was put in by 
> them to discourage imports.

No, it was put in because we didn't want to have a rerun of all this 
mess if something better came along next time.


> Cheerio John
> On 4 September 2011 19:35, Russell Porter <contact at russellporter.com 
> <mailto:contact at russellporter.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     What is the status on the BC Open Data site launched earlier this
>     year?
>     License: http://www.data.gov.bc.ca/dbc/admin/terms.page?
>     It looks fine to me, but i know licensing is a big problem with osm.
>     In particular, i am looking at doing a manual import of protected
>     areas amd hiking trails (I imported a bunch of NrCan protected
>     areas a while back)
>     Finally, another license question. Since Sam V. (across canada
>     trails) released his contribs as PD, cant i just re-import them
>     into OSM on my account under odbl?
>     Thanks,
>     Russell
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