[Talk-GB] OS OpenData and ODbL OK

Steve Coast steve at asklater.com
Wed Jul 20 19:32:06 BST 2011

On 7/20/2011 11:29 AM, Robert Whittaker (OSM) wrote:
> 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. :-)

I'm curious how the OSMF saying something magically makes it more valid 
than the LWG saying it, given the LWG is a body run by... the OSMF?

> 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.
> Robert.
>> "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

More information about the Talk-GB mailing list