[OSM-legal-talk] artist using osm data

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Wed Sep 6 08:37:19 UTC 2017

There is an artist who makes (generally big scale (up to global), sometimes
small scale) drawings on maps by connecting either place centre nodes
(cities, towns, villages) or sometimes features (e.g. hotels, bridges,
etc.). The resulting lines make up the art work. These lines are in the
vast majority not corresponding to anything in the real world (their nodes
do), although they might sometimes follow a road or other linear feature
for a short (typically straight) segment they are not reproducing the map
in a way that would make sense to use it as a map (they wouldn't even be
recognizable as drawn on a map without the map as a background), i.e.
albeit using the map as kind of canvas, he is actually creating something
genuinely new.

The resulting work can come in all kind of media (on paper, electronic maps
vector and bitmap, gpx tracks, sculptures, etc.)

Now the question is if using OSM data as canvas for his work will require
him to release it (or the data files with the drawings) under the ODbL. Do
you agree this kind of use is leading to produced works or is there some

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