[Openstreetmap] Disclaimers on rights of way?

Etienne Cherdlu openstreetmap-L at gj0.net
Tue Dec 6 13:07:37 GMT 2005


Folks

The Creative Commons license already includes a warranty disclaimer and a
limitation of liability.  IANAL but trying to add additional disclaimers
might well mean a) that OSM would not be licensed under a standard CC
license and b) could actually weaken the existing disclaimer (I believe that
legally it is sometimes better to say less than more).

Below is a copy of the relevant sections of the CC (by-sa) license which
seem absolute and comprehensive to me.

It might be sensible to have a notice somewhere referring the user to these
clauses in the CC license, but care should be taken not to try to modify or
qualify the CC license.

In any case I'd say seek professional advice before doing anything that
might mess with the CC license.

Regards
Etienne (I am an OsMaholic)


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