[Talk-us] Someone copying from other maps

GeoKitten geokittenosm at protonmail.com
Wed Oct 4 23:25:54 UTC 2017


Hello everyone. A few days ago, an OSM user in my ares (Pittsburgh, PA) sent me
a private message in which they admitted to copying from two sources. First
they said they were copying from a map of the CSX intermodal facility in
Pittsburgh:
"The challenging part was the CSX Intermodal facility. I took the PDF from
their public documents on their website and extracted the engineering plan
image, then used the PicLayers plugin to scale and orient that image
accurately, then traced from that. I'm a little proud of that one."

Presumably this map is copyrighted so it's a serious issue.

They also said they were copying from the county address data:

"It's also a lot faster with the address points from the county overlaid
(remangled through osmfilter, pull it out per municipality, and then rewrite
the tags and values into OSM-appropriate format), and with some of the JOSM
alignment tricks."

This is a government dataset that is probably public domain but whose copyright
status hasn't been verified. It might be considered an unauthorized import
though.

I'm not sure how to handle this. First of all, this was via PM so I'm not sure
if I should reveal their identiy. Should I?

Second, I want to clarify that they don't appear malicious, just uninformed
of the rules. They mentioned their copying in a positive context as if they
didn't know it was forbidden. I don't want to be a snitch but I know the OSM
community takes copyright issues very seriously.
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