[OSM-talk] Illegal activity

Kirill Bestoujev bestoujev at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 15:05:36 GMT 2009

You just got me wrong - I'm truing to say, that Google understands, that any
court trial will fail - there is too much doubt about possibility to use
copyright laws to space fotos. If they were sure that they will win - they
would have done it. But they are not sure - so the fear to start the trial,
cause loosing would meen that everyone will know they were wrong!

That's all I was talking about.


2009/10/30 David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com>

> On 30/10/2009 14:38, Kirill Bestoujev wrote:
>> Oh my God!!!!
>> It is terrible!!!
>> We all gona die!!!!!
>> What is the problem? Did Google just once start a trial agains anyone
>> using GM images in violation of ToS? Just once?
>> No. Why? They really don't care. Look at wikimapia. Don't the violate GM
>> ToS for several years? They do. Why doesn't Google close them? Could you
>> explain???
> That's not the point. The whole basis of OSM is that it is from copyright
> free and permitted sources. While individuals might not care and infringe
> G's terms wildly, companies aren't going to use our data for serious
> applications unless they can trust they aren't going to get slapped with a
> lawsuit from one of the richest companies in the world (or any other
> aggrieved party).
> There's simply no point in doing what we;re doing unless we do it properly.
> You might as well use Google maps in the first place. Whether G defend their
> terms or not is irrelevant.
> David
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