[talk-au] NearMap

Ben Last ben.last at nearmap.com
Thu Sep 16 01:16:59 BST 2010

On 16 September 2010 02:12, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:

> NearMap have requested that their imagery not be available in
> Potlatch, and have changed their license on their web site to remove
> explicit permission for OpenStreetMap.  That is their right and their
> decision.

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Emilie Laffray <emilie.laffray at gmail.com>
> Nearmap withdrew their support for the people using the new contributor
> terms. The OpenStreetMap foundation is currently working to resolve the
> issue with Nearmap. Such a discussion happened yesterday evening with Ben
> last

Just to clarify; we haven't actually *changed* anything at all in our
licence terms; the licence has remained the same since we first launched.
 It states that you can derive work from our PhotoMap images, you own that
work and can distribute it under CC-BY-SA (which at the time we lauched,
made it compatible with OSM).  When the new CTs were introduced, we had to
remove the asscoiated statements on the licence page that referenced OSM
because the new CTs mean that our licence is no longer compatible.  As
Richard W and others say, we're in discussions to try and find a solution; I
very much appreciate the opportunity to talk with the LWG and hope the
discussions continue.

I asked Richard F to remove NearMap support from Potlatch, since we didn't
want to encourage anyone to add data to OSM which might be, or become,
incompatible with the CTs.  That's all; there is no "block".

> The fact is that NearMap don't want OSM users using their imagery right
> now.  So
> we shouldn't.

Again to clarify; we do actually want very much to make it possible for
OSM'ers to use our PhotoMaps.  But right now there's a licence
incompatibility issue, which we hope we can solve.


Ben Last
Development Manager (HyperWeb)
NearMap Pty Ltd
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