[OSM-talk] Copyright page vs Contributors page

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Sun Mar 28 20:44:57 UTC 2021

This is a very old issue literally for ages.

The OSMF has a number of agreements that specifically refer to the 
copyright page on the website so removing those entries is a 
non-starter. The IMHO proper way to resolve this is to actually track 
third party sources and generate the contents of the copyright page from 
a DB table, automatically collapsing / expanding entries depending on 
the geographic context and doing away with the wiki page.

See for example 
and the multiple times this has been discussed over the last decade +.


Am 28.03.2021 um 12:33 schrieb Tom Pfeifer:
> Currently,
> the attribution "OpenStreetMap contributors" typically links to
>   -> https://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright
>      which has a section "Our contributors".
> This section quietly says "thousands of individuals", followed by a
> prominent bullet list with eleven countries and some of their public 
> data sources.
> At the bottom of this section is a quiet link to the Contributors page
>   -> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors
>      which then comes with the long list of institutional contributors.
> That feels significantly imbalanced to me, and why are those 11 
> countries named so prominently?
> My suggestion would be, on the copyright page:
> - remove those 11 country-specific bullets
> - check that the entries are included on the contributors page of course
> - rewrite the section so it has just two equally prominent bullets:
>   * thousands (or hundreds of thousands??) individuals: the 
> OpenStreetMap community
>   * openly-licenced data from various sources as listed on the 
> Contributors page
> tom
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