[OSM-legal-talk] Tracing from Aerial Imagery
frederik at remote.org
Fri Aug 1 01:14:26 BST 2008
this question is directed at those that were present during the
questions session following Ed Parsons' talk at this year's SOTM.
If I remember correctly, Ed had just explained that Google needed to buy
extra "tracing licenses" for aerial imagery to be used in Map Maker, and
that these licenses were more expensive than the ordinary "display
Someone then said that Google Earth already has a built-in feature to
trace from *any* Google imagery, and why that was allowed when Google
didn't have those licenses.
And in response Ed made a distinction that I had not heard in all those
"aerieal imagery tracing" discussions. If I remember correctly, he said
(more or less): As long as you trace something with which you have a
personal relation - e.g. a bike route that you actually travelled, or
the house that you live in - it's ok. It starts to become "not ok" only
when you begin large-scale tracing of terrain that you have no personal
Question 1 - is that what Ed said? And question 2 - does it make sense,
legally? And question 3 - so I am allowed to trace my house, and my
neighbour's, and my workplace, and the bakery I visit every morning, and
my birthplace, and my parent's house...?
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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