[OSM-talk] License plan

Dave Stubbs osm.list at randomjunk.co.uk
Fri Feb 27 16:18:33 GMT 2009

2009/2/27 Ben Laenen <benlaenen at gmail.com>:
> On Friday 27 February 2009, Dave Stubbs wrote:
>> And even if you take the ultra cautious approach and say all edits
>> are deserving of copyright protection, you can still draw a line
>> around minor edits both temporal and spatial ie: a single edit can
>> only possibly infect edits made after it, and within say 50m of it.
>> So a single minor edit is slightly annoying... a lot is obviously a
>> problem.. and this is where you want all the bot owners, tracers, and
>> general fixers to agree because otherwise it makes a large mess.
> Well, if person X who dislikes the new license was someone editing some
> roads straight through the London city centre, and draw an (arbitrary)
> 50m radius around all his edits, you'll still end up with a lot of
> roads which are possibly derived from badly licensed data...

How so?

Do you have a mechanism in mind creating these derivatives? 50m is
obviously arbitrary, but cuts out all connected ways, and anything
that's positioned next to that street, and any splits to the ways are
captured. At what point away do you think things become definitely
independent, or are you saying there is no safe distance?

It's probably something like
distance away is proportional to (copyright legal paranoia) over (you
can't copyright a fact)


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