[OSM-legal-talk] MAPS.ME combining OSM data and non-OSM data?

Janko Mihelić janjko at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 13:15:57 UTC 2016

Maps.me made an announcement in the last update that they are using
Booking.com data to show hotels and allow reserving hotel rooms from within
the app. I doubt Booking.com released their data with a permissive license.

Janko Mihelić

pet, 8. srp 2016. u 14:54 Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> napisao

> According to [1] if someone combines non-horizontal layers together,
> the results must be shared under the ODBL.
> From my investigation it appears that the MAPS.ME app [2] is combining
> OSM hotels with non-OSM hotels.
> https://tianjara.net/hosted/maps.me-1.png is a screenshot from the
> app. Hotel A appears in the app,
> but as far as I can tell was never in OSM but rather one of the hotels
> they've added to their app from Booking.com. Hotel B is from OSM.
> This is the area https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/-33.87758/151.20447
> There are other examples of this too like this hotel
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/196622136 which in the app shows up
> next to their supplemented data like this
> https://tianjara.net/hosted/maps.me-2.png
> Am I correct that in order to be complaint with the license MAPS.ME
> either need to make this data available under the ODBL or remove all
> OSM hotels from their app?
> [1]
> http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/License/Community_Guidelines/Horizontal_Map_Layers_-_Guideline#Examples_of_where_you_DO_need_to_share_your_non-OpenStreetMap_data
> [2] version 6.2.2-Google Data version: 160621
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