[OSM-talk] License plan
frederik at remote.org
Fri Feb 27 16:51:03 GMT 2009
Ben Laenen wrote:
> I care about whether the database will still
> be "clean" after a possible change (meaning, properly licensed).
The current license is anything but "properly licensed".
If you take a *strict* view then we're all violating CC-BY-SA every day
by not listing every individual contributor, and we're also violating
the database rights of the operator of the database because nowhere does
CC-BY-SA grant you the permission required by European law to use
someone else's database.
If you take a *relaxed* view then all our data is un-protected anyway
because facts are not copyrightable.
> If that can't be worked out there will certainly be no-one making use of
> OSM since it'd be a legal mess.
I hope that I have shown that we're in a legal mess already, and
basically have been there from day one. This still doesn't mean we have
to change the license; we could simply choose to keep the mess we have.
But saying that our data was "properly licensed" at the moment is really
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