[OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-talk] OSMF - OSM usage guidelines
dair at refnum.com
Fri Nov 23 18:56:27 GMT 2007
Ian Sergeant wrote:
>>3. "not using anything produced by MegaMapping Inc." could ever
>>make sure that OSM is *not* at the receiving end of a crippling
>True again, but there is always the chance of a suit, but if we use
>the products of large mapping companies directly as part of the OSM
>mapping process (whether for comparision, or street names, or
>whatever) we inevitably increase the risks to the OSM project.
There are really only two cases though - one on frivolous
grounds purely to stop the project, or one with some kind of
evidence to show that data was obtained from MegaMapping.
You can never stop the former, and for the latter we
(realistically) just have to delete the affected data if there
is any question about its origin.
The best we can do, which helps either situation, is to be
meticulous about recording the origin of data - keeping track
logs, geotagged photos, reference to out-of-copyright map, batch
import tag, etc.
I think usage guidelines would be helpful, since they help
encourage a culture where doing things "by the book" is the norm.
That culture is ultimately what makes or breaks us - people will
look at OSM and think that data just gets copied in from
anywhere, or see that we are paranoid about this issue and have
some standards for where data can come from and what you can do
with it afterwards.
That won't stop someone taking you to court for the fun of it,
but does mean you can stand up and say "we agree, that data is
tainted and will be deleted" if a real problem is found.
dair at refnum.com http://www.refnum.com/
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