[talk-au] [OSM-legal-talk] Bing

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Mon Jul 11 11:10:05 BST 2011

On 11 July 2011 10:55, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> It is my understanding that Bing essentially said to OSM "yes you can
> upload to OSM".
> We as a community can't verify this.
> http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html mentions nothing, all
> we have is http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:Bing_license.pdf
> which we can't verify as authentic.

The official Bing blog:
published by Brian Hendricks - Bing Maps Product Manager

> But even if it is and can be proved to be authentic, unless Microsoft
> also state that OSM has permission to license traced data it out to
> others as CC-BY-SA, simply saying yes you can trace and upload to OSM
> isn't enough in my opinion. As this would be a license specific to
> OSM, and wouldn't allow others who use OSM data to use the bing data.

The traced data is a new work and therefore untainted by the Bing
license. (NearMap doesn't see using aerial imagery this way.)
The license is also a specific terms of use grant to OSM with the
condition the derived data is uploaded to OSM.


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