[OSM-legal-talk] I added MAPS.ME to list of entities using OSM data illegally (without proper attribution)

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Tue Oct 8 16:52:33 UTC 2019


current situation is a clear violation of the ODBL license

>
> You must include a notice associated with
> the Produced Work reasonably calculated to make any Person that uses,
> views, accesses, interacts with, or is otherwise exposed to the Produced
> Work aware that Content was obtained from the Database, Derivative
> Database, or the Database as part of a Collective Database, and that it
> is available under this License.
>
Useful part of MAPS.ME application is based solely on OSM data.

Their app is quite useful, unfortunately they decided to hide OSM attribution as deeply as
possible and pretend that it is OK. They have attribution visible to user in bottom-right corner,
it reads "MAPS.ME".

They were notified about problem on July.

See https://github.com/mapsme/omim/issues/11203 <https://github.com/mapsme/omim/issues/11203> and
https://github.com/mapsme/omim/issues/11845

Edit adding them to a list: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Lacking_proper_attribution&diff=1911505&oldid=1901931 <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Lacking_proper_attribution&diff=1911505&oldid=1901931>

In case of continued noncompliance I plan to write polite letter explaining that following OSM
license is not optional and ask OSMF / Legal Working Group to send it.


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