[Tagging] Proposed feature - RFC - Military Bases

Brian M. Sperlongano zelonewolf at gmail.com
Fri Jan 1 23:10:53 UTC 2021

IMHO, absent any word from the LWG, I would leave any existing warnings
as-is, and not mention it in your proposal at all.

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 6:04 PM Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>

> On Fri, 1 Jan 2021 at 23:25, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I don’t see why any of this should be mentioned in a tagging proposal,
>> just like I would not include a paragraph about copyright infringement or
>> other licensing questions, etc.
>> It may have a place on a tagging definition page, but in a proposal it
>> seems not necessary and distracting from the purpose of the page (finding a
>> suitable tagging scheme).
> Agree to a certain extent, although potentially being arrested on an
> espionage charge is somewhat more dramatic than a copyright issue!
> Currently, the military= page
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:military includes a full warning
> (which has apparently been there since the page was created in 2007?):
> *"Caution:* In some territories, it is *illegal* to create maps of
> military facilities. With the act of surveying on-the-ground OSMers may be
> particularly at risk of attracting legal consequences, even in more liberal
> countries. Laws and sensitivity in general will vary depending on the type
> of facility. Some countries also have laws prohibiting the creation of such
> maps from aerial imagery, and even the use and distribution of maps
> containing this information. Clearly such activities can take place outside
> of the law's jurisdiction. A further dimension to the problem though, is
> that *using* OpenStreetMap can be illegal when other contributors have
> mapped these things. There's further discussion here at Talk:Key:military
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Key:military> and elsewhere. In
> general you are advised to exercise caution and know your rights related to
> mapping military facilities."
> Should that be replaced / updated?
> Thanks
> Graeme
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