OpenStreetMap Foundation

Licensing Working Group

  Tuesday 24th July 2012

18:00 - 18:52 GMT

Agenda & Minutes


Present: Dermot McNally, Simon Poole, Michael Collinson, Grant Slater

Apologies: Richard

Minutes by: Michael

1. Adoption of Minutes of last meetings

The LWG last met July 17th.

Proposed: Simon

Seconded: Dermot



2. MATTERS ARISING (open action items from previous meetings)

  • Grant - Get a license and attribution page link as an XML Comment into these APIs: Rails API. (should be complete soon)
  • Mike -  combine Bing Imagery License comments as a succinct list for forwarding to Microsoft legal.
  • Mike - Incorporate into foundation landing page
  • Mike - Provide text to Grant re and friends in Sept 20th minutes. ?OS or linking to attribution page or both? … liaise with CWG 
  • Mike - Thank pavel for kindly agreeing to use the bulk of his contributions.
  • Grant - DMCA address update (ongoing)
  • Grant - We also need to have better set of DMCA-related links to satisfy US / UK / German law.
  • Mike - Data imports & reciprocal licenses. Air to Management team and to legal-talk
  • Grant - formal DMCA web-form completion before redaction ends, (as distinct from free-form email or postal letter).

3. Finalise today's agenda

4. Redaction Bot progress and issues


Huge progress by the redaction bot over the last week. Just one square to finish in Japan and Poland and South Pole are running now. After that it should just be the North Pole to go. We can now say with confidence that the technical process will complete within a few days. We have also seen that contributor remapping is in full swing. A lot of activity is going in Australia both by local mappers and folks from other countries getting involved with the Australian community via talk-au. We thank everyone concerned and encourage such co-operation.

Matters arising:

5. GPS traces

The LWG does not feel that there is sufficient creative IP in an GPS trace created for mapping purposes, (a set of points made by an electronic instrument without any human input), to force pulling traces made by undecided or declined users or for contributors to stop using them. This may however vary in different jurisdictions.  We therefore note that non-agreeing contributors who are unhappy with the continued use of their traces always have the option of deleting them.

Grant has made dumps, (12th March and 12th June, the latter a 10GB file including elevation data), of the GPS points cloud which will continue to be published under CC-BY-SA but will have no integration with the live database. He is also working on a release of the GPX trace files.  These can be found at http://planet.openstreetmap-org/gps

Once preserved, we will consider actively deleting at least those traces made by explicitly declined contributors.

6. AOB

Next Meeting:

Tuesday July 31st 18:00 UTC / 19:00 BST(UK) / 20:00 CEST