[OSM-legal-talk] Upload of copyrighted map images from OSM to Facebook

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 16:56:13 UTC 2014

Following the German Blog there was a post today referencing this forum
thread: http://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?pid=411611#p411611
where the contributors come to the conclusion that uploading OSM map images
to Facebook is against the osm maps license (cc-by-sa).

It looks as if they are right (because Facebook has in their terms (
https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms ):

"For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos
and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission,
subject to your privacy <https://www.facebook.com/privacy/> and application
settings <https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=applications>: you grant
us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide
license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with
Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content
or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they
have not deleted it.").

I am not sure if this is the only relevant paragraph because like almost
any other multinational player their legal department has set up a real
jungle of different guidelines and terms.

Interestingly even the OSMF is infracting the license ;-)

What is your point of view on this?

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