[OSM-talk] Locating objects in Google Maps/Earth

Nic Roets nroets at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 15:07:01 GMT 2009


>From what I've read on talk-legal on more than one occasion : Deriving
individual nodes and individual segments on a small scale is OK. Esp.
when they are derived from raw facts (photos and gps traces). But
extracting a whole bunch of nodes and segments that link up is bad.

It's not that Google does not object, but rather legal limits on
copyright provisions (Fair use / Fair trading).

So perhaps we can legally make a google maps based editor for doing
this. But the risk of abuse by a newbie is just too great and not
really worth the extra consideration needed.

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 4:22 PM, LeedsTracker <leedstracker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Sorry to open this up again, but...
> I just uploaded my first pic to http://commons.wikimedia.org It gives
> the option to add a geo location for where you took the photo from.
> This page gives many methods for doing that, including locating on
> Google Maps or Google Earth:
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Geocoding
> If I used this method to tweak the position of a feature (e.g.
> building, road crossing, postbox) in OSM, would it be A Bad Thing?
> E.g. I take a photo of a level crossing, locate in in Google Maps,
> upload and tag it in WikiMedia Commons - no problem it seems.
> Is this different from using the same method to adjust the level
> crossing node in OSM accordingly?
> In my mind, both things are just entries in a database. WikiMedia
> Commons seems happy to share this data under the same licence as the
> photo I took.
> I assume Google know about this and don't object. At what point does
> something become a derived work?
> yours confused,
> LT
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