[OSM-talk] Sourcing street names - what's the policy, and why?
richard at systemeD.net
Sat Jan 2 15:46:39 GMT 2010
> I'd say a key provision there is the one about "repeated and systematic
> extraction of insubstantial parts". If you're just using a map site
> occasionally, when you hit a snag, that's one thing. If you're
> systematically using it on road after road, that's another.
Oh, sure. But then a lawyer could argue that one mapper doing it
occasionally is insubstantial, but 100,000 OSM mappers all doing it
occasionally is substantial.
And so on per your driving directions example. There are infinite shades
of grey and the only way to resolve them is to have infinite test cases.
But we don't want to get sued, so we just say: safest to steer clear
There may be a place for testing out the endurance of copyright law and
Google's lawyers, but OSM isn't it. There is no point endangering the
genuinely collected data for the sake of some lazy copying. ISTR SteveC
suggesting that we establish a separate site called
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