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

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 10:39:17 UTC 2014

Indeed, almost no license violation cases make it to court. In the 20
years since the GPL was created, it has gone to court only a handful
of times, yet there have been hundreds (maybe thousands) of license
violations which have been settled out of court.

A court case benefits neither side. It's expensive to bring litigation
and expensive to defend against it. This is why you hear of so few
cases coming out the SFLC, because a vast majority of them are settled
out of court, often with non-disclosure as a part of the settlement.

This is by design. The goal here is no need to use the court system.
Writing a letter should be enough.

- Serge

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