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

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at crschmidt.net
Thu Oct 23 18:17:48 PDT 2008

On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 10:22:59AM +1000, nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au wrote:
> > 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.

But contract law doesn't. The Open Database License rests in part on
Contract Law, Database Protections, etc. 

Copyright law isn't all there is.

Christopher Schmidt
Web Developer

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