[OSM-talk] OSM license change: A license to kill? -> How to make a nightmare come true!

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 22:38:31 GMT 2009

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 9:28 PM, Nop <ekkehart at gmx.de> wrote:
> Pay attention to what? There was no attempt to inform a wider number of
> people. That is exactly the point. I have been around for 6 months, I am
> subscribed to talk and talk-de and until two weeks ago I was completely
> unaware that there was a planned change of licence at all. And then it
> was not some official information but mentioned in a private discussion.

Out of curiosity, what would have been better? The licence has been
recognised to be a problem for years, it was known well before I
joined. It's been discussed at almost every OSM meeting I've been at.
But you're right, we didn't plaster a huge banner on the front page
advertising it because frankly that would be pointless. How many
people knew wikipedia had a licence problem before they changed?

I thought there was a message added while creating an account along
the line of "the data is under CC-BY-SA but may be changed at some
later date". hmm, looks like that never happened, oh well.

I'm just wondering what kind of notification would have been
appropriate for you.

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at gmail.com> http://svana.org/kleptog/

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