[OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-talk] IMPORTANT!!: YWMS plugin is not allowed.Don't use it.

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Tue Mar 27 18:32:07 BST 2007


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Francisco R. Santos wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> Scott Regan, from Yahoo, has definitely confirmed us that the YWMS
> plugin is not a right way to have Yahoo satellite imagery in JOSM,
> because of a clause that prevents us to capture and manipulate the
> images. As the plugin is capturing the image, that clause is against its
> use.

IMHO we're not capturing the images by copying them to a temporary file
that is immediately deteled. The browser does this anyway when it makes
a browser cache.

> I've removed the plugin jar, so no new mappers can install it, but
> existing users *must* stop using the plugin with JOSM. We should start
> looking other way to use the flash or javascript API within Java, if we
> want imagery on JOSM.

Perhaps jflash? http://jflash.dev.java.net/
(it also has an interesting license idea that OSM could copy - no
redistribution of the code unless you have contributed something
worthwhile to the codebase. Once you have been approved, further
distribution is allowed under the LGPL)

Robert (Jamie) Munro

(Please continue discussion in either dev or legal as appropriate)
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