[Osmf-talk] Good Job!

Gregory Marler sotm at livingwithdragons.com
Fri Mar 9 09:22:59 UTC 2012

I agree.
Although you can wonder why the license needs to be so 
court-room-watertight when we are nice and avoid lawyers, I do like that 
this is the way the (community run, sociable) OSM works.
A memory springs to mind of the London OSMers gathering around an 
advertising poster for a photo of them and the Nike map. We all 
celebrated their use of OSM and said they would be more awesome if they 
attributed. They later did, although OSM did miss out on the initial 
marketing campaign.

I look forward to seeing Apple in Japan and being able to thank them for 
adding attribution and releasing press statements about how great OSM is.

Gregory Marler

On 09/03/12 08:17, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Hi,
>    I just wanted to say that I am positively surprised by the latest 
> post on blog.osmfoundation.org regarding Apple's use of our data.
> Reading the echoes of this in the blogosphere, OSM(F) is almost 
> universally praised for its reaction. Communications professionals say 
> it was a masterful stroke to say "Welcome, Apple" instead of, e.g., 
> "Thieving bastards steal OSM data". And even those who are not in the 
> business of manipulating opinion and who don't see a clever plan 
> behind every communication say that our reaction was cool.
> I'm very happy that it has turned out this way, and I would hope that 
> we could aim for this kind of non-confrontational communication in the 
> future as well.
> For a while - remembering the recent anti-Google outbursts - I had 
> feared that OSMF would perhaps go all confrontational and post 
> something indignant about "considering our legal options" and stuff.
> Of course this doesn't mean that we should let anyone get away without 
> proper attribution but the post found just the right words to express 
> that in a non-threatening but still nagging way: "It’s also missing 
> the necessary credit to OpenStreetMap’s contributors; we look forward 
> to working with Apple to get that on there."
> Clearly lessons have been learned here. Good job!
> Bye
> Frederik

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