Remember folks, you can't make edits to OpenStreetMap based on what you see in Google StreetView

One could make all sorts of arguments about whether adding the existance of a road that one sees on GSV, counts “““copying””” or not

And one could make another argument that “Well the GSV Terms of Service says one cannot do that, but if I don't think just visiting a website binds me contractactually to the ToS, so 😛”

But you're forgetting something important about OpenStreetMap that someone much wiser than me said:

is not a project to explore the grey areas of international copyright law”

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For years, the community has taken a “better safe than sorry” approach to what sources are acceptable, and erred on the side of not using something with questionable copyright/database rights status.

So yeah, maybe technically, if you squint your eyes, and you copy from GSV, and add things, Google Inc. isn't going to sue you, and the cops won't kick down your door if you do it just this one time. But the standard is to not do that.

@amapanda I wouldn't put it past them to add some kind of trap feature to Street View, like the old trap streets that used to appear in A-Z maps

change the name of a store slightly, remove a bollard from the middle of the road, that sort of thing

@ak editing the *images* in Google Street View? I know they blur some things, but I don't think they'd go as far as adding/removing a bollard from all relevant images...

Who knows though...

@amapanda @ak just practically though adding data from #GSV breaks the important characteristic of #openstreetmap in that it's based on multiple independently verified sources of information.

@abeorch @ak ish. *lots* of data in OSM comes from a single mapper with a single observation. Yes, all data must be “verifiable”, so any other mapper could come to the same conclusion (give or take), but it's totally fine if there is only a single source of information.

@abeorch @ak It's possible for data to come from multiple sources of information. But in all cases, the source(s) of information have to be legally OK to use in OSM, 🙂

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