[Openstreetmap] Legal issue about CCL

Karen O'Rourke mapper at wanadoo.fr
Sat Sep 24 10:03:36 BST 2005

When you're consulting lawyers why don't you look into the Free Art License
http://artlibre.org/licence.php/lalgb.html ? It was developed for art works
but is at least as applicable to GeoData as any creative commons license. It
was written by a group of artists with the help of lawyers. It has the
advantage of being written in language understandable to the layman, and not
just translated/simplified, as CC licenses are.


-----Message d'origine-----
De : openstreetmap-bounces at vr.ucl.ac.uk
[mailto:openstreetmap-bounces at vr.ucl.ac.uk]De la part de SteveC
Envoye : vendredi 23 septembre 2005 13:30
A : immanuel.scholz at gmx.de; Frank Mohr; openstreetmap at vr.ucl.ac.uk
Objet : Re: [Openstreetmap] Legal issue about CCL

* @ 23/09/05 08:45:48 AM immanuel.scholz at gmx.de wrote:
> Hi,
> sorry to bother you about boring legal issues. I have a question about
> usability of the OSM-data.
> The data within OSM are licensed under CCL, sharealike, attribution. This
> last word is my problem - do I that mean, I have to track down every
> single data node and store, who has uploaded it to OSM, when I extrakt
> data from OSM?
> Even worse, does this means, that there never may be an anonymous data
> upload possible? Or am I confusing everything &-)  ?
> Would a non-attribution license fit better on OSM, like
> http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sa/1.0 ?

I'm planning to have people attribute their work to OSM (a-la wikipedia
IIRC), but wasn't ready to announce anything. I've been speaking to
pro-bono lawyers to pin some of these things down.

> I'd prefer a attribution to the OSM project.


> We had several licence discussions earlier that year
> CC-SA was chosen until a better fitting licence for GeoData is found

One difficulty is changing the licence of all the existing data. I want
to be sure before changing licence, and requiring everyone to re-licence
their work.

have fun,

SteveC steve at asklater.com http://www.asklater.com/steve/

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