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Posted by Immortal Boredom on 12 April 2020 in English (English)

I presume it’s a breach of copyright if I use their satellite or map data? I’m not planning on doing so: I just saw the possibility to do so and I thought it would be a bad idea.

Furthermore, what happens if the data coincidentally happen to be the same? For example, if ‘Long Beach Reserve’ is the correct name, but also appears on Google Maps, is that some sort of breach (can they get you in trouble)?

One last thing: I plan on using data from my government for OSM to ensure accuracy. Here’s the website: Would this also be a breach?

Gotta kill time somehow, Immortal Boredom.

Comment from kucai on 13 April 2020 at 04:39

1) You are correct.

2) Coincidentally? No problem. On the other hand, in my experience, quite a few suspiciously “coincidentally” names from Google maps got put into OSM. In those particular cases that’s because ground truth checks reveals that google data was wrong in the first place.

3) No idea. Need further checks with people in the know about legalese talk.

Comment from BCNorwich on 13 April 2020 at 09:17

The opening page from your link says “All rights reserved”. There is however a copyright page :- which has a contact so you could check with them.

Comment from SomeoneElse on 13 April 2020 at 13:10

I’d suggest talking having a chat with people at - the various licences and waivers from potential government sources get discussed there quite a bit.

Comment from H@mlet on 13 April 2020 at 17:34

There is a lot of information on the OSM wiki about the Australian Open Data. You could start here :

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