[OSM-legal-talk] Importing from an application's user generated content

Michael Ledford mledford at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 18:42:53 UTC 2016

I'm interested in OSM POI data for use in an application. I want to
use it in the following manner. The user of the application will be
able to search for POIs and use them if present. If not present or
incorrect I would like to take that data, under the license agreement
of the application where the user relinquishes the ownership of this
specific data, and update my database with it. This improves the
database to other application users. I would then like to turn around
and use that information to update the OSM database on an ongoing
periodic basis. This improves OSM for all users. I believe that
updating the OSM database upholds share-alike. I do wonder if
frequency matters though and what is acceptable. Of course there will
be attribution for the data in the application. The concern I have
revolves around taking the user data and using that to update the OSM
database. Is there any problem with this under the contributor terms?
I believe at this point that I own the data and can then turn around
with little concern and update OSM with it but I want to make sure
that this is acceptable and there aren't any legal concerns for the
data being imported to OSM.


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