how do I know if I can accept/ decline the new license. I want the community to be able to use all of my edits. Help me help you. sorry I am a idiot for not looking into this earlier. thanks!
Comment from compdude on 18 March 2012 at 04:42
Apparently, you already accepted it. It says on your user page whether or not a user has accepted the new license.
Comment from Sanderd17 on 18 March 2012 at 08:42
As compdude said, you agreed to the CT.
The CT says you will only add data of which you OWN the copyright, so if you find ODBL or CC-BY-SA licensed data, you can't add it because you don't own the copyright.
The CT also says that the OpenStreetMap Foundation has the power to change the license to whatever they want, whenever they want, if the licence change is supported by 75% of active mappers. And they are going to use this part of the CT to change the licence to ODBL.
Comment from chillly on 18 March 2012 at 13:40
@Sanderd17 I think you have misread the Contributor Terms, that is not quite what they say.
You do not have to own the copyright, you have to be sure you are not infringing other people's copyright, that you have the right to allow the data to be relicenced as ODbL.
The Foundation can only change the licence to another free and open licence, not just ant licence and only, as you say, with the agreement of active mappers. They need 67% not 75% agreement.
Misrepresenting the Licence or the new Contributor Terms has caused problems for people, so it is best that people quote it accurately. People can read it for themselves here
Comment from balrog-kun on 20 March 2012 at 01:08
To be pedantically correct, even though it doesn't matter to the original question, the Contributor Terms don't ask you to only upload ODbL-relicenseable data. Instead they require compatibility with the current license.
This fact has been discussed at length on the mailing lists with a lawyer weighing in too.
@MapMakinMayers's: in short, accepting the Contributor Terms should be enough for the community to be able to continue to use your contributions.