[talk-ph] Fwd: [OSM-talk] Vote for Google to liberate their aerial imagery - *please help*

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Sat Sep 12 16:35:34 BST 2009

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From: Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>
Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 9:49 PM
Subject: [OSM-talk] Vote for Google to liberate their aerial imagery -
*please help*
To: talk at openstreetmap.org, legal-talk at openstreetmap.org

Google has a really enlightened guy called the "Data Liberation
Front". His role is to make it easy for people to get their data out
of Google - rather than it being locked in.

Usually, people are locked in by the lack of an export feature, or an
obscure file format. In mapping, people are locked in by licences.

In Google Maps' case, you can create your own work by tracing over
aerial imagery. But you can't use this work elsewhere, because of the
licences and terms of use. (The phrase "derived work" usually crops up
around now.)

Google could fix this by saying that tracing from their imagery is ok
- just like Yahoo have done. As some of you will know, I've looked
into the legalities of this and don't believe there's anything in law
stopping them from doing so. It's entirely their decision.

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* Please "vote up" this suggestion for Google's Data Liberation Front:


* Please encourage your friends to do so, too!
  Blog, use Twitter, post to national mailing lists, etc. etc.


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