OpenStreetMap bot removes waypoints after licensing change (The H)
[Development] Posted Jul 27, 2012 19:33 UTC (Fri) by jake
The H writes about changes in OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. The title is a little misleading as the licensing change hasn't actually happened yet, but OpenStreetMap is preparing for it by removing data from people that did not consent to the change. "The reason for the licensing change is that the current Creative Commons licence is largely inapplicable to collections of data such as the OpenStreetMap mapping database. The Open Database licence has been developed to resolve this problem. Like the Creative Commons licence, it is a share-alike licence, meaning users must return any improvements or changes to the data to the community." The removal is said to be "barely noticeable in many places" but there have been some complaints in the OSM community.
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