[OSM-legal-talk] Digitizing from Balloon Maps

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Sat Mar 10 14:45:56 GMT 2012

Hi Paul,

This isn't a matter of one or two maps.  PLOTS is building a "edit" in
OSM button for their website, there are already tons of maps that have
been made: http://publiclaboratory.org/archive?page=1


On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM, Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com> wrote:
>> From: andrzej zaborowski [mailto:balrogg at gmail.com]
>> Subject: Re: [OSM-legal-talk] Digitizing from Balloon Maps
>> Hi,
>> On 10 March 2012 03:51, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
>> > Hey All,
>> >
>> > I was wondering what the license implications would be from digitizing
>> > from balloon maps that had been rectified from other satellite
>> > imagery.
>> >
>> > - So let's say you fly photos of an area
>> > - To stitch them together you use Google Maps imagery as the base
>> > - What is the deal with the imagery at that point?
>> > - If I trace the imagery is that really derived from Google Maps?
>> >
>> > It seems insignificant to me, but I wanted to get some insight.
>> I would also like to know, especially in the context of Jeff Warren's
>> mail on talk.  I think the legal side here is easier than the community
>> customs.  I have heard both "obviously if it's rectified using Google,
>> it can't be used in OSM", and "obviously it doesn't matter".
>> I think Bing support in Map Knitter (even though legally it's in the
>> same bandwagon as Google) would have a better community acceptance.
>> Where I tried rectifying something with Map Knitter, Google imagery was
>> useless because of complete cloud cover, too.
> I'm not a lawyer but I believe standard practice for imagery providers here
> is to rectify based on a database of survey points and I don't believe the
> providers regard their imagery as a derivative work of the database. Next
> time I'm at the city I'll ask them.
> If you are rectifying, try to get *some* survey points for your warping.
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