kennyboy wrote:What's this about opensource and commercialising?
Actually you missed one other factor, hobby mapping. In brief, this is my take ...
- MSM - users get free/locked IMG, mappers do commercial license of the source MP/SHP maps (who shares the license fees?)
- MFM - users get free/unlocked IMG, mappers do for hobby (all pays for our own hobby)
- OSM - all users can map, all gets the source OSM maps, all can reuse/compile into IMG or other formats, under OpenSource license.
So from mappers perspective substantial difference, from users perspective much less difference between the three.
So in short, MSM is taking user contributions for commercial purposes, as they feel that they took the time to compile the user contributions?
But the commercial payout is not going to those who contributed?
Hmmm......that sounds bad. Also depending on what is the commercial payout. Too little split also no use. Might as well pour back into the community.