[OSM-legal-talk] Using OSM data without modifying - are there any guidelines?

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Mon Jun 29 16:02:55 UTC 2015

Am 29.06.2015 um 17:00 schrieb John Bergmayer:
> On Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:55:08 +0200, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:
>> A condition of having a valid licence to use OSM data is providing a suitable way of pointing out the conditions of use of said data to your users/customers/etc (which is relaxed a bit for produced works). Don't provide that, you don't have a valid licence with all the related consequences. If you have information that this obligation is not being fulfilled by distributors of OSM based products, please report it to the OSMF/LWG.
> The problem being, of course, assuming there is no property right, there's only a contract, not a license. Contracts are not enforceable against third parties. 

That is naturally clear, however a) nobody is claiming that there are no
as in: none at all, property rights in OSM data, and b) I was only
referring to the original distributor of the OSM data/derived data.

Besides that, there are other statues that could be brought to the table
in some of the major markets for OSM based products (for example unfair
competition legislation in Germany) that would hurt substantially (the
OSMF would naturally not be party to such action).


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