[OSM-legal-talk] OSM Data in wikidata

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Tue Jun 16 13:56:30 UTC 2020

Jun 16, 2020, 13:13 by dieterdreist at gmail.com:

> I have noticed that people have been importing OSM data into wikidata. 
It appears to be against advise of Wikimedia Foundation advise.

See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikilegal/Database_Rights

> Whenever possible, the best course is to use only content that is made
> available by the author under an open license. In particular, for EU
> databases, the license should include a license or express waiver of
> the sui generis database right. In the absence of a license, copying
> all or a substantial part of a protected database should be avoided.
> Extraction and use of data should be kept to a minimum and limited to
> unprotected material, such as uncopyrightable facts and short phrases,
> rather than extensive text. For EU databases, bots or other automated
> ways of extracting data should also be avoided because of the
> Directive’s prohibition on “repeated and systematic extraction” of
> even insubstantial amounts of data.

Though in general approach of Wikidata is to ignore copyright, unlike
OSM or Wikimedia Commons.


Common comment is "we are copying facts, facts are not copyrightable"
what may be or may be not describing such editing in case of USA legal framework

> Here are some examples:
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q76939332
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q76951022
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q76972551
> This is a link that someone helpful has provided in the user talk page of the wikidata user:
> https://query.wikidata.org/#%23defaultView%3AMap%0Aselect%20%3Fitem%20%3Fcoordinates%20where%20%7B%0A%20%20%3Fitem%20p%3AP625%2Fprov%3AwasDerivedFrom%2Fpr%3AP248%20wd%3AQ1224853%3B%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20wdt%3AP625%20%3Fcoordinates.%0A%7D
> I believe the attribution is not sufficient (following the "described at URL" link there is OSM and mapbox attribution)?
> Provided that ODbL and OpenStreetMap would be sufficiently linked, is it then possible to copy OSM data into wikidata, which is distributed as CC0?
AFAIK not sufficient, ODBL is a copyleft ("share alike") license, so it would be necessary to add
also that data is ODBL licensed.

I opened deletion request for one of items at
and notified the author

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