[OSM-talk] [OSM-legal-talk] Use of OSM data by the military and/or intelligence services

Jeffrey Johnson ortelius at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 15:27:32 GMT 2010

The US Military and Intelligence services are ALREADY using OSM, and
its use will continue.

What do you hope to gain by excluding them?


On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 7:10 AM, Emilie Laffray <emilie.laffray at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4 February 2010 14:49, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> AFAIK our current license offers our data for everyone who attributes
>> correctly, but I'd like to raise the issue of malicious use of our
>> data by governmental organisations. What do you thing about setting up
>> a paragraph that prohibits the use of our data for military and
>> intelligence services? Not that I'm hoping this would seriously
>> prevent the use in case we have useful data to them, but still it
>> would be a statement.
> I don't see why we would prevent anyone from accessing our maps. We are a
> free community; I don't see the point of limiting the use of our data. We
> can't be free selectively.
> In addition, I don't see how such a clause would actually be useful at all.
> Even if you could prove that they are using the data in opposition of the
> clause, how are you going to sue them? I think you will be given the
> national interest talk and you won't be allowed to do anything.
> Please note that it is not an endorsement for the military or the
> intelligence services.
> Emilie Laffray
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