[OSM-talk] The Proposed Great Colour Shift

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 22 18:24:03 UTC 2015


On Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 6:23 PM, Lester Caine <lester at lsces.co.uk> wrote:

> The main problem here is that OSM is used by a large part of the UK web
> services [...]
>

I agree that this is a problem. But not for the reasons you may think. The
OSM default tileset is *not* meant to be used as a general-purpose tileset
by third parties. There are no service-level guarantees and styles may
change without notice to them. There is *absoutely* no obligation on the
OSM community to notify third party users of our tilesets of any changes.

In fact, third parties who consume too much tile bandwidth are encouraged
to source tiles from other services like MapQuest or Mapbox, or roll out
their own tile service.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tile_usage_policy
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