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

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Tue Apr 15 17:59:04 UTC 2014

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <
dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

> contact Facebook and if they are not willing to make an exception to their
> terms we'll have to delete our accounts there (seems to be the only way to
> remove images according to their terms). In case of the latter I'd make a
> public announcement on the blog explaining the reasons why OSM cannot be on
> Facebook and hope for some publicity ;-)

OSMF only has two photos posted. We can easily remove the map and the logo.
We can use Facebook to help us grow the community and even attract
donations so It's worthwhile to remain on Facebook. Corporation are on
Facebook. Many with their logo's prominently displayed. I don't think
Starbucks is giving up any rights to their Logo by having it on Facebook.
(I tried to pick an international corporation that is known by a worldwide

Since OSMF page only has 11 likes with little activity, it might make sense
to remove the page and focus on OpenStreetMap Facebook page. Same legal
rules apply, but we can remove any that we want to protect.


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