[OSM-talk] collateral damage (was: What the license change is going to do to the map)

Jean-Marc Liotier jm at liotier.org
Thu Feb 10 14:11:10 GMT 2011

Anthony wrote:
> I said on a mailing list that I traced from Google.  The LWG asked me
> which of my edits should be deleted.  I told them none of them should
> be deleted.  So naturally they deleted all of them.

That settles the point of whether or not the removal of your 
contributions was justified. Tracing from Google imagery is not allowed 
- this has been said many times, in case it was not already clear from 
Google's license. You did not clarify when asked and the administrators 
made the prudent choice of wholesale removal : no one here want to risk 
tainting the OpenStreetMap database with data that put it at legal risk.

Now, as for how the removal was handled, I believe there is room for 
improvement : the removal should have been a revert (including the 
deletions) and not a deletion like what seems to have happened. Could 
the administrators who executed the removal chime in to tell us how it 
was done ?

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