[OSM-talk] OSMF Draft Attribution Guidelines, possible vote at end of this month & new guidelines.

ndrw6 ndrw6 at redhazel.co.uk
Sat Jun 12 12:20:56 UTC 2021

I think the document should clarify its legal status more clearly and 

"Guidelines" in the title is good.

The following statement in the introduction is both wrong and not 
prominent enough:
"These guidelines are not a substitute for the legal text itself. If the 
two texts disagree, the legal text takes precedence."

- It is wrong because it implies the document can augment the ODbL by 
adding clauses to it. Guidelines are simply our *interpretation* of the 
license. Our *guarantee* that conforming to these extra rules will 
automatically address attribution requirements of ODbL, no questions 
asked. Finally, our *wish* of how members of OpenStreetMap community 
should behave - while this is not a requirement it is something we look 
into account when project governance is at stake.

- A statement about a legal status (after corrections) deserves its own 
section in the document, preferably before the introduction.


On 12/06/2021 12:16, R. A. McCann (OSMF Board) wrote:
> Hello OSMers,
> The OSMF Board is considering an update to the OSMF's guideline on how to attribute OSM data. See below for details:
> ----- Original message -----
> From: "R. A. McCann (OSMF Board)" <rory.mccann at osmfoundation.org>
> To: OSMF Talk <osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org>
> Cc: OSMF Board <board at osmfoundation.org>
> Subject: Draft Attribution Guidelines, possible vote at end of this month & new guidelines.
> Date: Saturday, 12 June 2021 13:09
> Hello OSMF members,
> The OSMF Board has been working on an update to the OSMF's Attribution Guidelines for a little while, and in conjunction with the Licensing Working Group, and external legal counsel, have settled on a draft Guidelines. We would like to share this with you, the OSM(F) community.
> Here's the current draft:
> https://wiki.osm.org/Draft_Attribution_Guideline/2021v0.9
> Perhaps the most prominent change compared to previous drafts is the guidance for interactive maps: We set an expectation that attribution is visible for at least some time without user interaction to fall within the safe harbour outlined by the Attribution Guidelines. This was a major point of feedback during previous rounds of consultation.
> The OSMF Board will probably vote to accept this at our next board meeting which is on 14:00 UTC 2021-06-25. This meeting is open to all OSMF Members. More details on this meeting: https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2021-06
> The OSMF Board wants to know what you think.
> If you would like to leave feedback, you can reply to this email, or email the board privately at board at osmfoundation.org

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