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
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
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
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.
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