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20130326 LWG - Meeting Minutes

OpenStreetMap Foundation

Licensing Working Group

  Tuesday 26th March 2013

19:00 - 19:48 UTC

Agenda & Minutes


Present:  Simon Poole, Michael Collinson, Dermot McNally, Oliver Kühn

Apologies: Richard Weait

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

Proposed: Simon

Seconded: Michael



2. MATTERS ARISING (open action items from previous meetings)

  • Richard will put the word out for new volunteers via CWG. 
  • Mike to publicly document exactly how we respond to a take-down request. (initial draft completed, see minutes for link)
  • Mike to ask legal counsel about the ramifications of publicly documenting the notice themselves immediately or after a certain time, such as 90 days. (done response awaited)
  • Mike to contact Henk re Apple situation
  • Mike LWG will ask OKF/OpenDataCommons opinion on ODbL compatible licenses. (done response awaited)
  • Mike to tidy up LWG 2013 document and forward to board.

3. Finalise today's agenda

4. LWG assistance with OSMF Articles (Simon)

Nothing to report - need community input and discussion at this point.

5. Trademark registrations (Simon)

Documents have been sent to Steve to finalise EU trademark registration transfer.

6. Trademark and branding IP policy (Simon)

We need to comment on Simon/Frederik’s document so that it can then be  then sent to Management Team and board and then opened up for wider discussion.  Simon emphasised that this must be the whole OSM community not just OSMF. Dermot commented that we could add more on ways we *want* marks to be used, rather than focusing on what we consider inconsistent.

7 DMCA take-down procedure documentation

No action, we are awaiting some input from legal counsel.

8 LWG 2013

Mike still to tidy up document and forward to board.

9 ODbl-Compatible Licenses

Mike has passed the question on to OpenDataCommons coordinating group but has not received any useful answer,

10 Dynamic Data

Not discussed

11. AOB

  • Simon reports that we have received a request from MapBox to release a list of users who have ticked the PD box on registration.  Our initial LWG reaction is that this should not be released on 1) data protection grounds and 2) it certainly does not reflect that that the contributor is contributing under PD. However, aggregated statistics may be reasonable.

  • It has been brought to our attention that many MapBox customer’s are failing to properly attribute us. We would prefer that MapBox be more pro-active in pointing out to their customers that “free” data still has obligations and responsibilities. We will start gathering more data about specific instances.  A twitter account has been started to publicise issues such as this.

Next Meeting:

Next meeting: Tuesday April 9th at 19:00 GMT/UTC