[odc-discuss] mistake in ODC-AL text?

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Aug 26 03:13:25 UTC 2013

On 25 August 2013 07:26, Maurizio Napolitano
<maurizio.napolitano at okfn.org>wrote:

> A group of italian lawyers started to translate the website of
> opendatacommons.
> For the italian OpenStreetMap Comunity is very important have
> an italian version of the ODbL.
> During this translation process they have identified a section of the
> document that doesn't seem consistent.
> They started from this website http://opendatacommons.org/**
> licenses/by/1.0/ <http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/by/1.0/> and say
> that in the section 9.1 there is a reference to the section 4.8
> They say that maybe should be 8.4

Francis is absolutely correct here that this should be 4.4 (this was an
error that arose because in the ODbL that section is 4.8 and the ODC-By is
heavily based on the ODbL).

> It's right?
> Another question:
> once finished the translation, what is the procedure to add the italian
> version to the main site?

In general we are somewhat wary about putting up translations because
translations carry no official status and should not be used to actually
license stuff :-). This practise follows the FSF approach but differs from
e.g. Creative Commons. This policy was adopted after some discussion the
basic issue being of both intentional and unintentional changes arising as
translation occurred plus the inability of Open Data Commons to guarantee
the correctness and validity of various different translations.

Thus for Open Data Commons licenses there is only one version of the
license and that is the english one.

Translations are, of course, very welcome since they enable people to
better understand the basic contents of the license but they should be used
for guidance purposes and should not be be used for actual licensing (for
that use the "official" license).


> Thanks a lot!
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