[OSM-dev] [OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-talk] GSoC applications are in! MENTORS wanted

Nick Black nickblack1 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 15:46:25 BST 2008

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 5:23 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> > What?  Geonames allows you to move and edit data which is overlaid
> > onto a Google Map.  Go to http://www.geonames.org/maps/cities.html and
> > click on a city.
> >
>  You're right, there's a "move" link there which I had overlooked.
> Nonetheless, apart from the geo location of the city I get tons of other
> info that could not possibly come from Google...

I'm not sure that Teleatlas would see it that way, but that's not the
point.  We don't want to find out how TA would see OSM's use of or
infringement of their data.

> >
> > >  I understand a certain desire to say "we are cooler than <other mapping
> > > project>" but we should make an attempt to do so without slander. As you
> > > know there are ways and tools to create OSM data that is derived from
> Google
> > > Earth or Google Maps,
> > >
> >
> > Like what?  No-one should be entering data into OSM that is derived
> > from a proprietary source.
> >
>  I know that nobody should, and I won't give you a run-down of ways for
> people to do it nonetheless. I'm just saying that if someone was bent on
> demonstrating how easy Google data could find its way into OSM, then he
> wouldn't have to work very hard.

Ok, but there's a difference between saying that someone "could" add
proprietary data to OSM and saying there are tools to add Google
derived data to OSM - thats very specific.  If you or anyone knows
about this you should ask whoever is developing or promoting the tools
to stop and let the foundation know about it.  I admit that its
probably not best to list these sort of things on a public mailing

>  Bye
>  Frederik

Nick Black

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