[Talk-us] OSM map use w/o attribution at US News & World Report

Steve Friedl steve at unixwiz.net
Thu Sep 27 16:50:24 UTC 2018


[trying this again]

Good morning,

I've never done a use-without-attribution case before, would like to get
some suggestions before I dive in. I'm pretty sure this is a "substantial"
violation.

It seems that US News & World Report is using OSM data/maps without
attribution in their Health website; my opthalmologist's page 

https://health.usnews.com/doctors/jared-younger-768369

includes a map that I instantly recognized as OSM.  I make it a point to
enhance the maps every time I have an appointment somewhere, and I had done
substantial cleanup of the maps in the northeast corner of Brookhurst &
Ellis in Fountain Valley.

The *current* map doesn't look much like the one in the US News page:

https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/62921271#map=18/33.69463/-117.95174

because of my subsequent changes, but - among other things - the spurious
and incorrect segment of "Ellis Street" just below the main Ellis Street was
leftover Tiger data that I'd fixed as well on changeset
https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/62921271

Digging in, it seems that US News runs their own tile server (example tile):

https://maptile.usnews.com/tile0/12/707/1640.png

so this is clearly them and not (say) Leaflet.

Their terms & conditions page https://www.usnews.com/info/features/terms has
a helpful email address copyrightagent at usnews.com that invites contacts
about copyright issues.

So, I think I should be following the procedure here:

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Lacking_proper_attribution

with a polite note to them.

Am I on the right track?

Steve

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