[Geowanking] google maps, etc + data quality vs commoditization?
punk.kish at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 09:46:09 PST 2010
On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM, Jonathan Harley <jon at parkplatz.net> wrote:
> Brian Russo wrote:
>> OSM's CC-BY-SA license allows commercial use. Care to elaborate?
>> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 7:22 PM, Marc Wick <marc at geonames.org> wrote:
>>> I am not a google fanboy, but it is not fair to accuse google of not
>>> osm when the very osm license does not allow google to use osm data.
>>> Brian Russo wrote:
>>>> So as many of you know Google dumped TeleAtlas last October in favour of
>>>> home-grown data. Personally I found this choice over leveraging
>>>> OpenStreetMap a poor one, but that's another topic.
> CC-BY-SA doesn't prevent Google or anyone from using OSM commercially. But
> it requires you to make derived data available, which is surely in direct
> conflict with Google's favoured "data comes in, but it's never allowed out
> again" type of license.
Read that as "data comes in, but 'added value' may not be allowed out
again.' The original data are still available under whatever
conditions they were available to begin with. Just because someone
used those data, they didn't magically become invisible.
The "BY" portion has certain problems vis a vis data that are,
however, overcome-able, but "SA" creates a major problem for potential
users. While it may not disallow commercial reuse, not everyone wants
to re-license their added value under the same conditions. The best
license for data is no license, but if that is not palatable, "BY" may
work. "SA" is definitely a show-stopper. But, that has been discussed
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