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

moltonel 3x Combo moltonel at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 13:20:02 UTC 2014

On 15/03/2014, Kevin Peat <osm at k3v.eu> wrote:
> On 15 March 2014 08:22:26 GMT, Michael Kugelmann <MichaelK_OSM at gmx.de>
> wrote:
>>Am 14.03.2014 12:43, schrieb osm at k3v.eu:
>>> IMHO, share alike is just like DRM on music
>>What??? Come on, don't be foolish! DRM tries to prevent any reuse of
>>date whereat Share Alike just requests to offer the data under the same
>>conditions as you got them. This is a fundamental difference!
> Well my point is that using OSM should be a no-brainer and the complexity
> added to the license by share alike means that it isn't for a lot of
> potential users. I would prefer my contributions to be used as widely as
> possible.

Licenses are complex. It's the fault of international laws
intermingling, not the fault of the licence writer nor of the
share-alike clause.

As has been pointed out, share-alike also *enables* some use-cases
that wouldn't be possible with PD, CC0, or CC-BY. It's a balancing

> It really doesn't matter [to me] if a few people rip off the project if the
> result is OSM becomes ubiquitous. I don't suppose Linus Torvalds cares that
> a few Chinese companies rip off Linux when the open license means it is
> everywhere.

Linux is GPLv2, which is absolutely share-alike and similar to OSM in
that respect. And the Linux community has been much more active in
fighting licence violations. The comparision with Linux really proves
the opposite of what you seem to think.

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