Licensing Working Group
Tuesday 25th June 2013
18:00 - 19:05 UTC
Agenda & Minutes
Present: Simon Poole, Oliver Kühn, Dermot McNally
Minutes by: Michael
1. Adoption of Minutes of last meeting
Note: This editable minute link is for LWG members only. A public version is normally available at http://www.osmfoundation.org
2. MATTERS ARISING (open action items from previous meetings)
3. Finalise today's agenda
4. Trademark Registration (Simon)
European trademark transfer is now complete as of end May.
USA trademark registration is ongoing.
5. MapBox & PD users
The board has requested that we put our thinking wrt MapBoxs request for the list of users with the PD box ticked in writing as a formal recommendation.
Mike will email this to the board.
6. Conforming maps to “legal” and nationalistic requirements
OSMF have had at least two formal letters from representatives of national governments taking issue at the use of names and other details not conforming to how they see the world. For example, a set of names in a specific “other” language in a disputed region.
To deal with this and future issues, Mike has begun a resource here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uQ0hpkFxqdNf7aPMk_5PaHFZojxULMcWXxLJRbYq4oE/pub (publicly viewable but not editable version)
The intent is to refine this as a formal proposed position to the board for publishing at http://www.osmfoundation.org
We will review it individually with a view to agreeing to send it to the board at our next meeting. Simon: to advise on next board meeting date.
We would like to move the discussion forward to something tangible for the OSM community to work on as a Community Guideline but are still stuck on basic analysis ... mostly how can “geocoding” (however defined) be clearly separated from other uses of our data in a way that protects us against leakage of open data IP to (most likely commercial) private entities. These would be helpful steps forward:
- We are still awaiting some real life use-cases, particularly from commercial entities, for us to work on. Oliver noted that MapBox/Foursqure have a specific situation that could be looked at to help precise understanding.
- Still need to precisely define what geocoding really is.
Next meeting: Tuesday 9th July at 18:00 GMT/UTC