[Talk-GB] OS OpenData and ODbL OK

Robert Whittaker (OSM) robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 19:29:41 BST 2011

On 20 July 2011 17:25, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
> Robert Whittaker (OSM) wrote:
>> There's a draft statement in the LWG minutes a few
>> weeks ago [2]. I wonder if LWG got round to approving this
>> at their most recent meeting...
> They have now done so!

Yes, I've seen -- and that's great.

Once OSMF have confirmed that this is their view too (or that LWG are
authorised to speak for them on this matter) then I'll happily sign
the CTs. :-)

Hopefully this won't take too long. In the mean time, could I suggest
that other mappers don't start replacing my contributions just yet.
I'd hate for people to waste their time replacing stuff that
(hopefully) can be kept anyway, or (worse) replacing things with
inferior versions because they can't replicate everything I've tagged
from other sources.


> "In response to community requests, the LWG formally clarifies as follows:
> "The intent of the Contributor Terms as regards contributions that come from
> or are derived from third parties is:
> "1) To ask the contributor to be *reasonably* certain that such data can be
> distributed under the specific specific licenses, as explicitly listed in
> clause 3 of the contributor terms:  CC-BY-SA 2.0 and ODbL 1.0. We also
> stress "reasonably certain" rather than "must" because we recognise that
> most contributors are not lawyers and do not have access to one. If in
> doubt, consult the wiki or mailing lists to see what the community thinks or
> knows.
> "2) To give the OSM community and the OSMF the ability to remove data that
> should not be distributed as part of the OSM database.
> "Should the license change in the future, continued distribution of some
> data that comes from or is derived from third parties may no longer be
> possible. If this happens, it will have to be removed. This will be the
> responsibility of OSMF and the OSM community at that time. It is not
> necessary for current contributors to make guesses."
> (from https://docs.google.com/View?id=dd9g3qjp_123cdchck62&pli=1)
> cheers
> Richard

Robert Whittaker

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