OSMF updates/2021-08/Licensing Working Group Overview
Legal matters relating to responsibility and risk, (trademarks, safe harbour, privacy, child protection, ...)
Minutes: Licensing Working Group
- Please note that the list below covers mostly topics discussed during Licensing Working Group (LWG) meetings, from August 2020 to August 2021.
- For some of the topics below there might be updates which have not been mentioned during meetings.
- Many enquiries are replied/resolved via email only and do not arise as topics during meetings.
Draft Attribution guidelines
|On June 2021 the board adopted the proposed attribution guidelines.
LWG: Attribution guidance related minutes
Board attribution guideline related minutes
Board attribution guideline related circular
Other attribution guideline related minutes
OSMF members' related discussions on the osmf-talk* mailing list:
Whenever you use the OpenStreetMap marks (e.g. logos, "State of the Map") regardless of why you are allowed to use the marks, you must comply with the requirements in the Trademark Policy (Trademark Policy FAQ).
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
|OSMF is currently talking with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and is working on a draft agreement regarding granting rights for the use of OSM marks.
OpenHistoricalMap (OHM) - approval of co-existence agreement by OSMF board
|The OSMF board has approved on 2021-04 the co-existence agreement with Jeff Meyer of OpenHistoricalMap.|
GeOsm - approval of trademark licence agreement by OSMF board
|The OSMF board has approved on 2021-03 the trademark licence agreement (reviewed by Kathleen Lu, LWG) with GeOSM.
In December 2020 the Licensing Working Group (LWG) received an inquiry regarding GeOsm and its trademark status. As GeOsm contains “OSM” which is a trademark of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, it comes under purview of our licensing policy. This was a topic of the January 2021 LWG meeting and Kathleen Lu (LWG) reached out to Willy Franck Sob, the main operator of GeOsm, to study its application.
GeOsm is a portal for distributing free geographic data. Its goal is to make OpenStreetMap data and other open data more easily accessible, especially to users in developing countries. A Cameroonian-led project, it already offers national data for 21 African countries - but it has potential for wider horizons.
Considering the compatibility of GeOsm’s ethos with OpenStreetMap, the LWG suggested that the OSMF should come to an agreement with GeOsm. Within that framework, Jean-Marc Liotier (Board Member) drafted an agreement (see annexed PDF) to define under what conditions the OSMF will permit the GeOsm trademark. Most of the clauses are typical generic points of a trademark licence agreement, but some are specific to OpenStreetMap and will interest our members most:
So, on top of Willy Franck’s communicative enthusiasm about OpenStreetMap in the African context, this trademark license gives the OSMF a solid guarantee that its brand will not be tainted by diverging interests.
Beyond these defensive measures, this formal agreement is also a nod to a community-led African initiative - free software developed by African leaders is not yet a common occurence, and the OSMF looks forward to GeOsm developing original approaches to bring OpenStreetMap data to new audiences and make them participants.
The OSMF took advantage of Jean-Marc’s presence in Cameroon to participate in a formal signing ceremony, with representatives of the Ministry of Local Development and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in attendance. They confirmed the strong interest of their government in collaborative approaches to geographic data and the technological appropriation of geographical information systems through local initiatives.
OpenSnowMap - approval of trademark grandfathering application by OSMF board
|The OSMF board has approved on 2021-07 the grandfathering application by Yves Cainaud for Opensnowmap.org.
Template for project licence and domain grandfathering applications.
OpenBusinessMap - signed co-existence agreement
|Co-existence agreement signed on 2020-12 by Ploetz + Zeller GmbH regarding OpenBusinessMap.|
OpenFricheMap - dropped application for trademark registration
|Application for trademark registration of "OpenFricheMap" by Safer was opposed by OSMF. Goods/services associated with the mark included cartographic services. After contact, the application was dropped and Safer will work together with OSM France.|
State of the Map Industry conference - will refrain from using the name in the future
|A conference called "State of the Map Industry" took place in 2021. After contact by the LWG, they will refrain from using the name in the future and hope that OSMF can join them at an event in the future.|
OSM marks - Japan, Mexico, Philippines, United States
|Moovit committed to improve OSM attribution in their app (attribution was ok on their website) - the plan was for the app attribution to be visible in the September 2020 app release.|
|Adopted Conflict of Interest (CoI) policy|
|The LWG has written and adopted (2021-04) the following LWG Conflict of Interest (CoI) policy, based on the Conflict of Interest policy of the OSMF board.|
|Formalised process to join the working group|
|The LWG has formalised the process to join the working group.|
|Licensing Working Group granted signing authority for academic use requests|
|The Licensing Working Group (LWG) receives frequent requests from academics to use OSM derived figures in academic papers. The requests are not going beyond what is already granted through the license, but publishers, such as PLOS, frequently require explicit approval. This is pretty standard, and in line with our mission of use of open data. The board has granted:
Previously only board members could sign such documents.
|Nominated people to the Software Dispute Resolution Panel|
|The OSMF board had proposed the creation of a software dispute resolution panel that will -on request- seek to resolve disputes that arise over features of the iD editor, the main editor on www.openstreetmap.org. Other OSM-related software products may also use this panel if they choose to opt-in. The board had asked the Working Groups to nominate people. On January 29th 2021 the OSMF Board appointed five nominees. For more information read the section "Created - Software dispute resolution panel" on the main page of the August 2021 updates.
|Communications: Switched to video meetings and created channel on Signal|
|LWG membership changes and applications|
LWG Membership applications
LWG membership updates
|Discussions about OTRS access|
|OTRS (originally Open-Source Ticket Request System) is an issue/ticket tracker used by several OSMF Working Groups. The LWG uses it, for example, to handle email enquiries received on the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the OSMF Operations Working Group is looking for alternatives to OTRS 6 as new versions of OTRS are no longer open source.|
|Discussions about jandover preparations due to members stepping down or going on leave|
Other topics discussed during LWG meetings, August 2020 to August 2021