Systeme D

September 11, 2009

Vote for the Data Liberation Front to tackle aerial imagery

Google has a really enlightened guy called the Data Liberation Front. His role is to make it easy for people to get their data out of Google – rather than it being locked in.

Usually, people are locked in by the lack of an export feature, or an obscure file format. In mapping, people are locked in by licences.

In Google Maps’ case, you can create your own work by tracing over aerial imagery. But you can’t use this work elsewhere, because of the licences and terms of use. (The phrase “derived work” usually crops up around now.)

Google could fix this by saying that tracing from their imagery is ok - just like Yahoo have done. Several posts ago, I looked into the legalities of this and concluded there’s nothing in law stopping them from doing so. It’s entirely their decision.

So – please vote for the Data Liberation Front to fix this! Click here, sign in with a Google Account, and tick the box. And tell your friends.

4 Responses to “Vote for the Data Liberation Front to tackle aerial imagery”

  1. Rummy says:


  2. Marc says:

    Done -390

  3. Andy says:

    Google licence the data from imagery suppliers. It would be them that set the terms of the licence and they’re not likely to let you take derived data from the imagery. I’m sure this is not a choice for Google or their Data Liberation Front.

  4. Andy says:

    sorry – missed your previous post on this. You’ve clearly thought about it more than I did. Best of luck.

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