[odc-discuss] Fwd: [OSM-legal-talk] LWN article on license change and Creative Commons
rob at robmyers.org
Fri Jan 21 10:18:26 UTC 2011
Do read the original thread linked to at LWN.
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Subject: [OSM-legal-talk] LWN article on license change and Creative Commons
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:02:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Kai Krueger <kakrueger at gmail.com>
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I'd like to link to a recent interesting article on the OSM licensing
change on LWN (Linux Weekly News) as I haven't seen it be mentioned
It also has a 60 entry long comment section. Although much is a rehash
of the the endless debates on OSMs own communication channels,
there are also a set of comments by user mlinksva from Creative Commons
(e.g. http://lwn.net/Articles/422754/) that seem to bring points to
light that would suggest a possible, quite significant, change of
attitude (or at least a perceived change) of CC towards open data
licensing and OSM.
I'll try and paraphrase some of the main points and hope I don't
- CC does not (no longer) think data should be PD and would be happy
with copyleft on data. The statements of CC saying data should be PD
were from science commons for scientific data only and was a
misscommunication that it was perceived as general CC viewpoint
- CC does care about data and either sees their licensing as potentially
valid for data or intend to make it work for data
- CC is (or will be) working on a new version 4 of their CC licenses,
which will apparently make every effort to address the needs of the open
What exactly this all means, if it is indeed a shift away from the
position CC appears to have held previously, why it comes to light now
and if it has any relevance to the license change process for OSM I have
no idea. But perhaps we will find out more about this soon from CC as
mlinksva mentioned he wanted to follow up on these points publicly.
Their wiki page on version 4 ( http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Version_4 )
at least is still entirely empty. So it probably isn't anything around
the corner or of any certainty yet.
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