[OSM-legal-talk] Imagery license clarification needed

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Sun Aug 25 22:14:29 UTC 2013

> From: Stephan Knauss [mailto:osm at stephans-server.de]
> Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 11:33 AM
> To: legal-talk at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: [OSM-legal-talk] Imagery license clarification needed
> Hello,
> I need some help in understanding a license for using imagery.
> Is a license called "NextView" compatible with OSM contributor terms
> (and ODbL)?
> My understanding of "Literal Imagery Derived Products" is that this is
> the vector data we create by tracing from imagery. I'm a bit uncertain
> about the exact meaning. I'm no native speaker and have problems
> translating the word "literal" in combination with "Imagery".
> ...
> I worry:
> OSM data can be used for any purpose, including commercial ones. The
> license above explicitly forbids commercial gain: "At no time should
> this imagery or LIDP be used for other than USG-related purposes and
> must not be used for commercial gain".
> Will it harm OSM if we have larger scale data from this source included
> in the database?

Without a link to the full license it's impossible to interpret, but if a
LIDP was something like a reprojection or other transform of the imagery, 
it would not necessarily be an issue.

Can you provide the full license so that we can see what the classify 
tracings as?

All that's clear from your extract is that you couldn't charge someone to 
view the imagery. That doesn't imply anything for the data you create from
You probably couldn't get paid to trace from it either, but I'm not 100%
sure of that.

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