Thursday, November 17, 2005

One Machine Readable Copy

The Talent Show is dumping on OSM. Not a blog I generally agree with but I found this kinda sorta odd:
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That's half of the OSM copyright statement. Now I realize that, although not explicit in the statement, fair use doctrine will allow anyone to make as much use of OSM's content as they would of any other site's. Still, taken literally . . .