[OSM-talk] OpenStreetMap Isn't All That Open, Let's Change That and Drop Share-Alike

Paweł Paprota ppawel at fastmail.fm
Thu Mar 13 16:50:14 UTC 2014

Read this and substitute OSM for Wikipedia:


The moral is: if you're a contributor to an "open" web resource, then
beware: the hippy ethos simply marks you out as a mug. Unless you
protect and license your work, you *will* be exploited by a powerful
corporation. Because as the Scorpion said to the
Frog[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scorpion_and_the_Frog], "It's in
my nature - it's what I do"*.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014, at 15:26, Alex Barth wrote:
> Hello everyone -
> I've been sitting on writing about the detrimental effects of OpenStreetMap's share-alike license (ODbL) for a while and finally decided to, um, share. I've been listening long to many OpenStreetMappers I respect a ton telling me it's not so bad and it's just what we're stuck with right now. But given how bad share alike is for OpenStreetMap I don't think we should give up for pushing for a more open license. Here's why I think share-alike hurts OpenStreetMap and how this keeps OpenStreetMap from having the full impact it could have:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/lxbarth/diary/21221
> Looking forward to your comments,
> Alex
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