You may have seen a new link at the top of http://wiki.openstreetmap.org about the forthcoming license change and seen it growing in size. It will soon appear on the http://wiki.openstreetmap.org login page too. We'd like to reach as many contributors as possible with something that is short, clear and fair to all viewpoints. We've asked legal-talk to look at it and now appreciate any general feedback and comment. You can comment directly on the Discussion page or email the License Working Group le...@osmfoundation.org . Translations into other languages are also greatly welcome.
The License Working Group will be holding an open forum at SOTM 2010 on Sunday and we also welcome any questions and comments there. Where are we now? New contributors to OpenStreetMap have been "dual licensing" since May 12th and we are just about to start asking existing contributors to do the same. Asking folks to agree to both the CC-BY-SA and ODbL allows a transition period with fail-safe. OpenStreetMap has NOT yet moved to the new license. To do this, we need a critical mass of EXISTING contributors to agree to re-license existing contributions. I will avoid giving any specific dates as we continue to move ahead cautiously after allowing any reactions to be heard and discussed, but here are more details http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Open_Data_License/Implementation_Plan#Current and the general plan: - Right now, CC-BY-SA carries on as usual. The Foundation has the right to license a tiny amount of new contributions under ODbL, but will not do so. - Existing contributors will shortly be asked if they will agree to re-license their data under ODbL. CC-BY-SA carries on as usual. Contributors will be able to go on editing whether or not they accept or decline. - When enough contributors have agreed, we cut over to licensing the current database under ODbL, (And a static snapshot of the database is also made forever under CC-BY-SA). If for some reason this event never happens, the fail safe is that licensing of all contributions under CC-BY-SA simply continues. Mike License Working Group le...@osmfoundation.org http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Working_Groups _______________________________________________ talk mailing list email@example.com http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk