[OSGeo-Discuss] defining a Geospatial Integration Showcase to be launched at FOSS4G 2009

nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Thu Oct 23 17:22:59 PDT 2008

> Please do not encourage new data releasers to release geodata under
> creative commons licenses. It has ben a source of major disagreements
> with regard to openstreetmap, and I don't think it's any better for
> anyone else.

> Geodata is not creative. Creative Commons licenses are written for
> creative works. Even the Creative Commons people I've talked to don't
> think geodata should be covered under anything other than 'CC Zero'.

> http://www.opengeodata.org/?p=262 sums this up quite well: if you
> haven't read it, *Please do* before advising anyone who has not already
> released data on license issues.

Creative commons licences rest upon copyright law.
If a legal juridstiction determines that copyright is not applicable
to geodata, then both copyright and the creative commons license
go away.


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