[OSM-talk] Terminate Facebook rights under ODbL

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Mon Jun 10 08:38:44 UTC 2019

On Monday 10 June 2019, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> > As already said it would be a bad mistake to underestimate the
> > influence the OSM community has in principle.  It is certainly much
> > larger than that of the OSMF.  It might be convenient to just say
> > "we can't do anything anyway so why bother" and Facebook certainly
> > tries to cultivate a nimbus of being all-powerful and untouchable
> > but that is definitely not the case.
> Can you propose anything specific that forĀ  example I can do,?

In general raising public awareness is one of the most efficient 
measures about this kind of thing.  We have for example so far not even 
a proper documentation of the various situations in which Facebook 
shows OSM based maps to their users without proper attribution.  

Once this exists a good next step would be to approach business partners 
of Facebook, in particular ones who are interested and depend on having 
a good relationship with OSM and publicly ask them (via Twitter for 
example) why they are cooperating with a company that systematically 
violates the OSM license.

Christoph Hormann

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