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Open Database License v1.0
Posted Jul 1, 2009 17:47 UTC (Wed) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
Maybe I misunderstand the object of the license, but applied to software this would certainly not be an open-source license.
I hope the contributors of OpenStreetMap understand they are going a step backward in freedom.
Posted Jul 1, 2009 19:19 UTC (Wed) by endecotp (guest, #36428)
I tend to agree. Their concern is that they need to protect their data from commercial mapping companies. No-one seems to have come up with an alternative that offers the protection that they feel they need. Do we believe that they should not be concerned about the commercial "threat"? Would we be happy to see Google Maps fill its gaps with OSM data?
Posted Jul 1, 2009 21:21 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
Posted Jul 1, 2009 23:26 UTC (Wed) by Wol (guest, #4433)
And if TomTom, Garmin, et al all decided to use this licence the result would be marvelous ... I gather a fair amount of TomTom data is user-collected anyways, and at the moment it seems like they're doing a "gracenote" on their users.
Posted Jul 2, 2009 13:15 UTC (Thu) by endecotp (guest, #36428)
It needs more than a quick skim then :-)
It is attempting to protect aspects of the data that are not copyrightable in some jurisdictions (i.e. mainly the US) because they are "merely facts" by being a contract. In this sense it is, to my knowledge, very different from any other "free" or "open" license.
Posted Jul 3, 2009 12:28 UTC (Fri) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
But is presented so that people doing "a quick skim" will believe it is a standard copyleft license.
Posted Jul 2, 2009 3:49 UTC (Thu) by xoddam (subscriber, #2322)
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