[OSM-talk] [OSM-legal-talk] Putting simple scripts in the Wiki without violating CC BY-SA 2.0

Kathleen Lu kathleen.lu at mapbox.com
Tue Sep 19 17:09:52 UTC 2017

If I were you, I would put the code into GitHub. It may seem like overkill,
but it will make it much easier for others to find your scripts. It's free
and there is a setting to generate a license file.

The wiki is under a CC-SA license, which is not a good match for code. You
could explicitly state another license next to the code (copy and paste the
license text onto the wiki page). MIT is compatible but I do not think GPL
is. I think Apache is probably compatible but seems like overkill for
scripts (it includes a patent license).

(disclaimer: not legal advice, just my 2 cents)


On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 10:15 PM SwiftFast <swiftfast at gmx.com> wrote:

> I have a bot[1]. I'd like to publish its scripts. A versioning  system
> like GIT would be overkill, because the scripts are short and rarely
> changing.
> I'm not a lawyer, and I have some questions:
> 1. Suppose I don't state any license, would that implicitly the same
> license of the wiki itself?[2]
> 2. Can I explicitly state a license such as MIT/Apache/GPL? Would any
> of those licenses conflict with the license of the Wiki itself?
> Thanks!
> [1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:SwiftFast#SwiftFast_bot
> [2] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Wiki_content_license
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