[OSM-talk] License plan

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Fri Feb 27 14:24:04 GMT 2009


To be clear, personal views, not the licensing work group...

Ben Laenen wrote:
> It looks like we finally got some kind of "License plan" for the step 
> towards the new license, so everyone check 
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Open_Data_License/Implementation_Plan
>   

Read the full announcement in all its glory:
http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/legal-talk/2009-February/001958.html

Discussion is best on legal-talk or the avenues as per announcement.

>
> * why don't you split between the votes whether you like license X and 
> the question whether you're allowing the change of license on your 
> data?
>   

Yes there is a vote for endorsement of the license. See proposed item 
31st March.

> After all, I want to have an idea *how much* of the data will still be 
> there after the second vote. If it turns out that any data from someone 
> who gave his approval would be deleted, then count me as no vote.
>   

We do not know, it's impossible to tell yet. The very last thing any of 
us want is removal of any data. See final item in Implementation plan.

> * I still have no response to the question what would happen with my 
> data if it's derived from someone who doesn't give it's approval for a 
> license change.
>   

What do you think will need to happen?
How about posting it here: 
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Open_Data_License/Implementation_Issues

> * "Website to allow users to voluntarily agree to new license. Design 
> allows you to click yes, or if you disagree a further page explaining 
> the position and asking to reconsider as there may be a requirement to 
> ultimately remove the users data. This will help stop people 
> accidentally clicking 'no'. Sign up page now states you agree to 
> license your changes under both CCBYSA and also ODbL."
>
> Question: how's that not pushing the new license onto the mappers?
>   

Well we have to start somewhere... If we do not get new members to 
sign-up to both licenses during potential transition, it becomes a 
chicken and egg problem.

Regards
 Grant




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