[josm-dev] Fwd: Filter Google from Imagery?
richard at systemed.net
Thu Jan 27 10:22:53 GMT 2011
> Judging by the amount of “I've just used google maps to ..."
> diary posts on osm.org this *will* lead to trouble otherwise.
Potlatch 1 always checked for the presence of 'google' in the tile URL and
refused to display the tile if so. When Potlatch 2 was first released, we
hadn't added this check (it was a TODO but I was also slightly intrigued to
see what would happen).
Sure enough, within about a week, people were jubilantly posting "Potlatch 2
allows you to trace from Google!" in the Russian OSM forum - and were doing
so. When asked to stop, one typical response is "I don't think it's illegal
and I don't care". So I added the block back in, with some degree of
reluctance but no great surprise.
I think Frederik's right when he says "Problem is, if it is *too* easy to
load Google backgrounds, we (as a project) could be accused of knowingly
inviting tracing from Google". We can't prevent it entirely, but if OSM is
ever sued for infringement it will aid our case enormously to show that we
have taken reasonable measures to discourage it. That's not too far-fetched:
I believe OSMF did recently receive a "cease and desist" from one geodata
supplier who believes their rights have been infringed.
With that in mind, I believe the block in Potlatch is a responsible decision
to help the future of the project, and it would gladden me to see JOSM do
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