[OSM-dev] Legal question about attribution text on smartphone

Stadin, Benjamin Benjamin.Stadin at heidelberg-mobil.com
Sat Apr 22 22:26:44 UTC 2017

It’s not our app, but this is an (indoor) map SDK which can be integrated into other native iOS and Android apps. A list (UIActionSheet on iOS) appears when our logo is tapped, showing multiple links (including a link to www.openstreetmap.org/copyright<http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright>). Having our logo visible is a legal requirement also, and it wouldn’t be convenient to place the list with multiple legal links not associated to OSM behind the OSM attribution logo or text.

If we need to show two logos it would waste space for navigation controls and building / floor selection UI elements.

Since the map view will be used in other apps, we cannot control what is shown on the splash screen. We can place it there for our own apps, and ask customers of our SDK to place it there. But from experience this is often forgotten, and I’d rather prefer a permanent solution and give credit to OSM one way or another on the map view.


Von: Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
Datum: Freitag, 21. April 2017 um 12:49
An: Rory McCann <rory at technomancy.org>
Cc: "dev at openstreetmap.org" <dev at openstreetmap.org>, "legal-talk at openstreetmap.org" <legal-talk at openstreetmap.org>
Betreff: Re: [OSM-dev] Legal question about attribution text on smartphone

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On 21. Apr 2017, at 12:10, Rory McCann <rory at technomancy.org<mailto:rory at technomancy.org>> wrote:
So I dunno? Maybe? There could be ways around it if you don't want to include it on every map page. Does your app have a loading/spash screen? Including an attribution there, which is shown every time the app is started might meet the requirements.

have you seen this page?

generally, if there is enough space for your logo, there should also be for osm (on pages showing maps). If there's space for just one attribution, why not use it to attribute osm? The user will more likely be aware who you are (as he's using your app) than he will be that your map data comes from osm, so prioritizing OSM attribution seems to make sense

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