[OSM-talk] Use of terms similar to "GEOCODE"

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Thu May 23 14:00:48 UTC 2013

Am 23.05.2013 15:35, schrieb Maarten Deen:
> On 2013-05-23 15:10, Simon Poole wrote:
>> Maarten, there is no need to start the discussion at square one again.
>> We did what our counsel recommended in February as reported then (so you
>> can safely assume that counsel saw a certain potential for trouble in
>> such usage). The list they provided is simply to illustrate usage that
>> is unproblematic.
> That's why I ask. I certainly do not want to start the discussion
> about the removal again, but some specific steps were taken and
> counsel did not see it fit to give that an example that usage of such
> links is unproblematic. I find that strange and almost a sign that the
> usage of GEOCODE in URLs _is_ problematic (however unlikely I find
> that, but IANAL).
> Nevertheless, I take your answer as an "there is no problem entering a
> URL with the word GEOCODE into the OSM wiki" because that is what I
> would have liked to hear. Do correct me if I understand it wrong.
I obviously didn't say anything of the sort. Please simply don't do it,
as requested in February.

Again it is not about right or wrong, or if we could potentially prevail
in a legal dispute or not. It is all about avoiding having to defend
ourselves in the US in the first place. 


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