A question about open databases license

Ben Finney ben+freesoftware at benfinney.id.au
Fri Dec 5 05:56:26 UTC 2014

Michel Roche <listes.pichel at free.fr> writes:

> […] the fact is that the organization has spent time and efforts (even
> some [public] money) to produce the data.

So, the public has already paid for it. The public should never again
have a barrier to access that data, since they own it now.

> Yes, but that's where the main fear resides. Suppose that the owner of
> very good base maps publishes a direct competitor to the guide.

Excellent! This is what government's role is, to facilitate the society
to build on its work. The situation you describe would be something to
stand aside and allow to happen, not to put artificial restrictions onto.

The work of publicly-funded government-commissioned work should, in
general, be released to the same public under license terms that fully
respect the software freedom of all recipients.

Some cases may have special reasons that justify restricting that
freedom. This case does not sound like one deserving of such

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