Reconciliation between CC and ODC
Posted Jan 15, 2011 20:47 UTC (Sat) by epa
In reply to: Reconciliation between CC and ODC
Parent article: OpenStreetMap's point of no return
ODBL and CC-BY-SA are different enough that it would probably be difficult to declare compatibility in either direction.
They are a fair bit different, but given that ODbL is little used so far and the OpenStreetMap project is the only major source of content to consider it, the intent is the same. The reason why some in OSM wish to use the ODbL is that it is 'CC-BY-SA without the problems' as one put it. I don't agree with that judgement, but it's the reason why the licence is being considered: we want to have something which is like CC-BY-SA, but that 'does not apply' for our project, therefore let's use this other more complex licence.
Given that, a one-off FDL-style relicensing clause could help people achieve what they want, if the 'problems' with CC-BY-SA are resolved in a future version. It would also allow all sides to save face if there were some public reconciliation and group hug between CC and ODC about the way forward for works such as online maps. An optimistic vision, I know...
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