[odc-discuss] Changes to OS license
rochkind at jhu.edu
Tue Jan 11 17:17:40 UTC 2011
I think you're probably right about the challenges this creates; but
ironically OpenStreetMap's OWN license, by using CC-BY-SA contains an
attribution clause too, causing the exact same problems for
OpenStreetMap's own consumers! No? If I'm missing something about a
difference in nature of your attribution requirement from theirs that
makes yours less of a problem for consumers (which I very well may be),
please do clarify.
I would love it if you would take your experience as a consumer of
government data and the problems it creates when there's an attribution
requirement, and use it to guide your own license to avoid such problems
for your own consumers. It's hard to ask an upstream producer to drop
an attribution restriction, when you are requiring attribution yourself
in your own license, if it's good enough for you, why not for them?
They're in a sense following your lead with the attribution license.
I think attribution licenses on data specifically are highly problematic
for just this sort of reason, and should be avoided, and have been
frustrated for a while about OpenStreetMap's attribution requirement.
Makes it really hard to mix data from such a licensor in with data from
other sources in an integrated database, which is generally what one
wants to do with data.
On 1/11/2011 12:08 PM, Mike Collinson wrote:
> At 12:11 AM 7/01/2011, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> Note that OS have not changed to the (UK) Open Government License but incorporated it:
> At OpenStreetMap, we are concerned about the extra requirement for down-stream attribution and whether it conflicts with ODbL 1.0's Produced Work provisions, i.e. could the creator of a Produced Work be deemed to be an OS sublicensee.
> "You must always use the following attribution statement to acknowledge the source of the Information : 'Contains Ordnance Survey data Crown Copyright and database right 2011'"
> No problem for OpenStreetMap, but
> "The same attribution statements must be contained in any sublicenses of the information that you grant, together with a requirement that any further sub-licences do the same"
> Michael Collinson
> OpenStreetMap Foundation
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