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

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Mon Mar 17 18:37:56 UTC 2014

Just posted my comments to key points that came up in the conversation over
on the diary:


On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM, Alex Barth <alex at mapbox.com> 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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