Posted Nov 24, 2010 22:34 UTC (Wed) by epa
In reply to: OpenStreetMap licence?
Parent article: Microsoft helping OpenStreetMap
When version 1.0 of the licence was first announced I posted a comment on LWN with my thoughts.
Since then, I would add that the 'copyright doesn't apply to map data' meme which is so often repeated does not appear to have any basis in fact. If you doubt it, please try wholesale copying of Tele Atlas or Ordnance Survey or any other copyrighted map data set. Indeed the OSM project itself recognizes this fact: copying data from other maps is prohibited unless they are out of copyright (even if they are old enough to predate the existence of any database right).
But, for the time being, OSM is still using the free CC-BY-SA licence, and it is unlikely to switch before achieving consensus on any replacement. (A move to public domain or attribution-only would make more sense than the big hairball of legalese that is the ODbL.)
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