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

Corey Burger corey.burger at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 00:03:14 BST 2007

On 7/11/07, Alexander Holy <alex at alexholy.net> wrote:
> Hi,
> Being pretty new to openstreetmap, my two cents are:
> If I would have to summarize what OSM is or want to accomplish, I would
> answer:
> OSM is a global, community contributed street map available under CC
> Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.
> So, if you change the license to OSMs data to anything more restrictive than
> CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 there is no point to contribute to OSM. If you
> restrict the data use to "non-commercial" or any arbitrary type of use, why
> do OSM at all?
> This also implies: If OSM chooses to run in-map ads and people find ads
> annoying, then someone would run alternate servers running the same data
> set. You could also turn it around: OSM stays ad free, but someone else
> could run a map server (for-profit) with ads as long as he adheres to CC
> Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0.
> So I guess in terms of financing OSM is as close to Wikipedia as anything
> could be. They turned down the opportunity to run ads, despite the fact they
> would literally be a billion-dollar ad business. Wikipedia is run amazingly
> efficient at 75K USD/month (see
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/What_we_need_the_money_for)

The key part of why they turned down ads is because it almost
destroyed Wikipedia.


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