[OSM-talk] Survey: How to pay the OSM bill

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Jul 12 19:42:52 BST 2007


> But this is exactly what people don't want to happen.  The share alike 
> component means that if you use my mapping to make your book then you 
> have to make your book available in the same way that the mapping was 
> (or possibly the maps in your book). Effectively this protects people's 
> data from being used commercially without consequence and encourages 
> commercial company's that want to use the data to feed back. 

I have a very different opinion on that. One of the many reasons I would 
go PD as soon as practicable is that we don't have the resources to 
actually enforce our license terms - we're very likely to discourage 
only the small ones and let the big ones get away.

But, I've argued that in length on legal-talk. I notice that Nick Black 
is still looking for people to argue the view that

> Licensing [...] our data without having to share alike is a bad thing and 
> effectively an own goal for free mapping

on the legal panel, even though many seem to share that sentiment. Maybe 
you're willing to do it?


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