[OSM-talk] We need to have a conversation about attribution

Ineiev ineiev at gnu.org
Tue Mar 5 08:11:26 UTC 2019


On Mon, Mar 04, 2019 at 06:12:09PM +0100, Simon Poole wrote:
> 
> Am 03.03.2019 um 12:54 schrieb Ineiev:
> > ...
> > So, when someone violates that license when using the work of
> > those contributors, any of them may sue the violator, mayn't they?
> 
> As the user is operating on a licence from the OSMF, the foundation
> would have to make the determination that the users licence is actually
> void, so the answer is in practical terms no
> (you are not a party to that agreement).
   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Is this essential? if I use your work without any relevant agreement,
that shouldn't prevent you from suing me.

> That is using a rather wide definition of sue, as in "take some formal
> legal action" and naturally you can always do that,  the chances of
> achieving something instead of just spending money tend to vary though.

Strictly speaking, this is true when the action is taken by the OSMF
as well.
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