[OSM-legal-talk] proprietary data formats and ODbL

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sat Nov 20 14:05:42 GMT 2010


Hi,

Ulf Möller wrote:
> The file is not encrypted and they don't use any DRM, but of course the 
> map can only be used on their type of devices (just as a gmapsupp.img 
> can only be used on Garmins), and of course without a specification of 
> the file format it's going to be very difficult to make any changes to it.

The boundary between "just a difficult file format" and "encryption" is 
probably rather grey. The'd surely be on the safe side if they 
distributed the contents of that file on a parallel channel in an easily 
readable form.

Bye
Frederik

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