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This page lists examples of usage of OpenStreetMap data without proper attribution as required by the OpenStreetMap License. This page relies on people noticing and reporting violations.

The problem is normally one of a simple oversight, the publisher does not understand what is required, or attribution is not given correctly. There is also the possibility of wilful misrepresentation. In many instances the violation is of minor significance to the project but it is reasonable for the community to expect all users of the data to respect the requirements. There may also be major violations where the publisher may not respond to an approach by the community and the Foundation may need to contact the author.

We require that OpenStreetMap is credited, and that the users are made aware of our licence (usually by means of a link to

For more information see the Legal FAQ.


  1. When you spot a violation, the first stage is to add an entry to the bottom of the table below. If you are unsure about the violation, discuss it on the one of our common communication channels, e.g. at forum, a suitable mailing list talk or a suitable national mailing list (e.g. talk-de for Germany). If you are sure, you can report it at forum or a mailing list, too.
  2. Contact the publisher with a suitable pleasant and non-threatening email and update the record with the date you've contacted them.
  3. Wait for a response for a suitable period. If that does not create the desired response then you should follow up with a second attempt to contact the publisher.
  4. If that does not work and the violation is considered serious then report it, if not done yet, at forum or a suitable mailing list, otherwise the Foundation should be contacted.

To discuss a certain use before adding it to the list, consider doing so at forum, a suitable mailing list talk or a suitable national mailing list (e.g. talk-de for Germany). It is not suggest to discuss cases at the discussion page because very few people read there.

Hints to mappers

Be gentle! We are a project for providing free maps and not to argue with somebody about legal issues. It doesn't help anybody playing the police and collecting as much cases as possible. This could give OSM a bad image. Don't be too correct. If they give it their best then it is ok.

List of usages lacking proper attribution

See also They are using OpenStreetMap.

Page License ok Authors ok Added by Dates contacted Date fixed Comments Yes Yes Lulu-Ann 2013-07-29 2013-07-29 No No Cascafico on 2013-07-19 Cascafico on 2013-07-20 Chart 1:25000 sold with No attribution, editor Copyright only Yes Yes Chris66 on 2013-04-21 Chris66 on 2013-04-20 2013-05-05 fixed. Yes Yes Lulu-Ann on 2009-07-23 TobiBS on 2010-03-07 and !i! on 2011-03-08 !i! on 2011-03-19 Wrong license named, only CC Nutzungsbedingungen on OSM map are the ones from google! On the OSM and OCM maps, the powered by google logo is displayed. GmbH No Yes Lulu-Ann on 2009-08-06 !i! on 2011-03-08 !i! on 2011-03-16
Architekturbüro Enrico Mincuzzi No No Driver2 on 2009-08-06 Lulu-Ann on 2009-08-06 Pictures link to, which could count as 'some' attribution. (UTC)
La Bruschetta, Aniello Palumbo (webpage by Harter.EDV) No No Lulu-Ann on 2009-08-06 No Yes Lulu-Ann on 2009-08-11 !i! on 2011-03-09 --Stephan75 12:43, 1 July 2011 (BST) OSM named, but Nutzungsbedingungen links to the terms of use of Google!
Link to OSM and CC seems to have been added No No Undo on 2009-11-29
journey description in HTML and PDF format, MFG Helmut Kermess e.V. No No MichaelK on 2009-12-09
OSM Relation Analyzer, GrundID GmbH Yes No TobiBS on 2010-03-07 Copyright by OSM (Data by OpenStreetMap) License not named
Maxspeed map, Stefan Dettenhofer No No TobiBS on 2010-03-07 Yes Yes Bomm on 2010-06-04 No deeplink to the license text but to Yes Yes !i! on 2010-06-16 maybe !i! on 2010-06-16 and !i! on 2011-03-09 Strange mix between google terms and unclear what data comes from the project itself DGA Architects, 149a Grosvenor Road, London Yes Yes Gregoryw on 2010-11-18 maybe Gregoryw on 2010-11-18 2015-07-23 Appears to use a slightly-modified OSM Mapnik map in a planning application Design & Access Statement. Example: Planning application SW/10/1404 with Swale Borough Council (Kent). Yes Yes maybe !i! on 2011-03-09 !i! on 2011-03-08 !i! on 2011-03-16 No No maybe !i! on 2011-03-09 [[User:domdomegg|domdomegg] on 2015-07-23
OSM POI Map, Paul Lenz Yes Yes maybe !i! on 2011-03-09 "Data (c) OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA".(hyperlinked)(as of Feb. 18, 2012
Traveling Salesman The software itself and screenshots of it on No No maybe !i! on 2011-03-09
RFeye application, CRFS Limited, Cambridge Research Park, UK No No maybe !i! on 2011-03-09 Sample Notification Message - Coming Soon to Wiki
Esri Ireland Yes Yes larryone on 2011-03-15 larryone on 2011-03-15 samlarsen1 on 2011-06-29 No deeplink to the license text but to
Freiburg Marathon inhabitants information and route map, runabout sports Freiburg GmbH No No Fabi2 on 2011-03-22 Ferrero2 on 2011-03-22 unknown on 2001-03-25 see forum
Panorama (Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln) No No Marc on 2011-03-31 Marc on 2011-03-31 The linked page Returns Error 404 - seems not to exist any longer. Linuxuser1 on 2012-04-09
OSM slippy map code generator, Jan Willamowius Yes Yes Lulu-Ann on 2011-04-09 Where is the violation?
West Highland Way iPhone App and screenshots of it No No crom on 2011-05-13 Selling OSM mapping through commercial iphone app
Zementwerk Lübeck Yes Yes phobie on 2011-06-24 phobie on 2011-06-24 dieterdreist on 2011-12-28 Picture using the default Mapnik style and links to mapquest
Kosmos maxspeed map No No phobie 2011-07-12 not yet not yet Created by Stefan Dettenhofer (User:StefanDausR). Links to OSM but does not show a copyright notice. See DE:MaxSpeed_Karte. No No fluteflute 2011-07-23 fluteflute 2011-07-23 not yet One large map of Oxford, with four cropped copies on "tabbed" pages No No xopok 2011-07-28 nettroll 2011-10-24 not yet They sell OSM maps without copyright notice etc. (e.g. No No LetzFetz 2011-09-14 2011-09-14 not yet A project of free flight charts based on OSM-Maps. I don't find any attribution to OSM. The entire PDF is said to use Creative Commons but prohibits redistribution, altering etc. The maps from OSM have put flight routes and high obstacles put inside but these aren't licensed under cc-by-sa 2.0. No No Pieren 20 Sept 2011 20 Sept 2011 (by the contact html page) not yet No attribution on the slippy map layer called "GeoPlan" Yes Yes Guillaume 7 Dec 2011 7 Dec 2011 (by the contact bottom link, once identified). 2015-07-24 The map "OSM-OCM" is the OSM Cycle Map, used to trace running itineraries. Google logo instead of OSM + Attribution ("Conditions d'utilisation") points to Google licence. Update: the reason is a migration from Google Map v2 to v3, the OSM attribution will be fixed soon. No No User:skorasaurus 18 Jan 2012 not yet 2014; unknown slippy map Uses OSM tiles that are on servers; no attribution; 'Powered by ESRI' in corner. Checked website, they are no longer using OSM tiles or OSM data. No No Lulu-Ann 2012-01-24 not yet not yet Slippy map with google default, switching to mapnic there is only the text "OpenStreetMap" but no attribution. Yes Yes Chaos99 02/16/2012 yes, Feb 16th, 2012 yes, replied and made changes 02/23/2012 Uses map with Leaflet and MapQuest as provider. Attributes only (C)MapQuest, but clearly uses the OSM data. Written to thank for the change to OSM, asked for proper attribution and gave examples with mapquest and leaflet. Got short reply that changes were made. Now proper attributed. (See No No Marcussacapuces91 2012-02-20 20 février 2012 not yet Showing a map to show where you are and where the test server is. The boundaries in the sea look like the OSM's ones. Absolutely no licence or copyright at all on the page.
Apple's iPhoto for iOS No Yes seav 2012-03-09 2012-03-08 partial Attribution: 2012-05-04 [1] It's all over the news: [2]. Attribution to OSM Contributors but without recognizing the ©, license not referenced, SA not OK.
Apple's iPhoto for OSX No Yes dieterdreist 2012-10-21 unclear, is delt with by LWG and OSMF Board Attribution to OSM Contributors but without recognizing the ©, license not referenced, SA not OK. No No nettroll 2012-03-22 nettroll 2012-03-22 not yet No OSM references on interactive map. Google logo and Terms of Use link is presented over OSM layer. No No georgo 2015-01-23 georgo not yet not yet No attribution No No georgo 2015-01-23 georgo not yet not yet No attribution, google attribution instead of osm. Rendering freemap missing. Yes Yes miklobit 2012-04-20 not yet Spider 2012-04-20 Uses maps with MapQuest and OpenCycleMap as providers. Attributes only MapQuest/OpenCycleMap. and Yes Yes Spod 2012-05-27 2012-05-27 via their Contact Us page 2012-08-08 Using OSM map/data with no credit or attribution. Not clear if the tiles are coming directly from OSM, or their own server, but Mapnik style is the same. Also the meta content tag is ""Excellent interactive google maps from the official tourist board."!
Südwest Presse (newspaper in Germany) Yes Yes Kdkeller 2012-07-20 2012-07-20 2012-08-08 Attributes only "OSM" Yes Yes maxolasersquad 2012-09-18 2012-09-19 2015-07-23 No attribution to OpenStreetMap provided. By happenstance I work next to someone who is part of the broadband project. She has e-mailed the people in charge for me. No No Bomm 2012-10-05 not yet not yet Attribution is "Powered by Contwise Maps — Map data © 2012 General Solutions GmbH, 2012 OpenStreetMap, 2012 MapQuest" where "Contwise Maps" and "General Solutions GmbH" are links to . Probably "General Solutions" is responsible for the attribution and for the server "", not by the "Via Claudia" associations. Tiles are provided from "" owned by "General Solutions, so the license CC-BY-SA or ODBL is unclear.,65423803w.html No Yes Bomm 2012-10-16 not yet not yet Shows OSM data, in this case the selected street, on Google map background. Below the map there is a line "Quelle: OpenStreetMap" (Quelle=source) which is a link to No information about license.

Shows the street class from OSM data in text form by citing the German description of the tag highway=residential from the OSM wiki without any attribution.

From the displayed location of the street "Schmalestraße" I can see that the OSM data cannot be newer than 2011-07-19, so CC-BY-SA applies. The text saying that the probably wrongly spelled street "Schmalestraße" is near the probably correctly spelled street "Schmale Straße" seems to indicate that they combined a street list generated from OSM data with some other data source. No No Lulu-Ann 2013-04-01 Bielebog 2013-03-13 apologies and good promises for the future, but no changes made or announced Several Maps online, no correction yet.
111 Orte in Hannover, die man gesehen haben muss ( No No Jano John Akim Franke 2013-05-03 2013-05-03 not yet Pages 232-236 are redacted and designed OSM-data printed maps. Copyright of producer prominently given. Only page 2 says "Wald- und Siedlungsflächen: OpenStreetMap" although OSM-data-usage is more than these "areas". May be a problem for more books of "111 Orte"
Mensa am Turm, Göttingen No No Alagos 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 not yet The canteen "Mensa am Turm" (by Studentenwerk Göttingen) uses an OpenStreetMap to show local cooperation partners. There are several maps inside the building on the walls and on the webpage - no license or authors mentioned. I contacted them via email and waiting for a response. Yes No Species 2013-06-03 2.6.13 Al. Hinweis auf OSM wird ergänzt werden. DI Tinkl vom LFRZ bedankt sich für den Hinweis! Uses OSM highways, railways and boundaries as vector data. See discussion on Mailinglist talk-at. (inside flash .swf) No No Aseerel4c26 (talk) 2013-08-15 no no Seems to use this OSM German style map. I cannot see any hint of "OSM". No No Ianlopez1115 2013-08-31 2013-08-31 no Website updated sometime in 2015, link no longer active. No No Metehyi 2013-10-25 2013-10-25 not yet Uses tiles from without (proper) attribution No No toaster 2014-01-08 toaster 2014-01-05 not yet Uses osm-tiles from without attribution No No LordOfMaps 2014-01-19 LordOfMaps 2014-01-19 2014-01-28 Uses OSM-based tiles from No No Imagico 2014-01-23 not yet not yet Seems to be an experimental service so lack of attribution might be owed to that, OSM data used in Mapbox overlay.
UNEP Global Islands Database No No Imagico 2014-01-23 not yet not yet OSM is attributed in the about box but without license information and not in the normal view. Data is older, possibly from before the license change. Seems to violate the share-alike requirements as well since the data is combined with other sources but not made available under a free license. No No Avena701 (talk) 13:19, 18 February 2014 (UTC) 2014-02-18 not yet Older OSM-data is used when searching in the text box "destination". No license and no attribution are given. It is obvious that OSM data is used due to errors copied from OSM. Examples: "Rostock Seehafen Nord (außer Betrieb)" [3], "Genshagener Heide (außer Betrieb)" [4], "Teublitz (GBf)" [5], "Ponholz (ehem.)" [6] and "Zittau (DB)" [7] are suggested by when starting typing. Also the present OSM-habit to include a S or a U in the name of U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations in Berlin is copied. I found only infringements in Germany. No No Bahnpirat (talk) 07:23, 18 March 2014 (UTC) not yet not yet map "Fahrradstraßen-Netz" on the right
Zeit Online (like [8] and [9]) No Yes Imagico 2014-04-02 2014-04-02 added attribution to interactive maps on 2014-04-03, static maps on 2014-04-04. Mapbox based maps without proper attribution. Various forms of map, some show limited attribution behind a link but never shown by default and no mentioning of the license.
Let it be noted that I consider [10] good enough. Yes, you have to click on it, but then it mentions all required information and even gives hints on how to improve OSM. --Tordanik 19:14, 2 April 2014 (UTC) No No Joseph Reeves 18/07/2014 not yet not yet Stamen produced maps qs background images without attribution. See &
European Comission Cohesion Policy Data portal No Yes Imagico 2014-08-09 not yet not yet Mapbox generated OSM based background map without attribution or mentioning of the license (not even link to the Mapbox attribution page)
Ford Dinnebier advertising in Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung Yes Yes Christopher 2014-10-19 2014-10-22 Fixed in later advertisings In the local part of Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung (Zossener Rundschau) a half page size advertising of Ford Dinnebier is published. In the right corner a osm map is show without any attributation. See: compare to
Auckland Transport Journey Planner Yes Yes Robert Ancell 2014-12-03 2014-11-21 by 2015-05-30 Shows map that is using OSM data but no attribution either on the map or elsewhere in the website. Contacted them via the feedback form on the website. They stated the map data is from a proprietary vendor but they will get their development team to investigate. / Flayer No No --Alexm (talk) 14:29, 2 January 2015 (UTC) 2015-01-02 not yet Uses OSM in Flyers and for example on myTrails app No No --Nop (talk) 17:51, 7 January 2015 (UTC) not yet not yet Android app uses among others OSM Mapnik, OpenCycleMap, OpenPisteMap, OpenHikingMap, Hiking/Trailriding Map, Lonvia Hiking/Cycling/MTB. Shows no Attribution or licence for any of the maps. Includes mass downloading for all maps, also violating usage policies. Mass download dialog contains the claim "this map may be used without any restrictions" outdoor information boards with maps Yes Yes --*Martin* (talk) 15:57, 23 February 2015 (UTC) 2013-11-18 2015-02-18 Many information boards in the region all of them lacking OSM attribution. They promised the fix on 2013-11-22 but today the attribution is still missing. Sample at Update: Got new promise to fix it until 2015-03-01. Update2: fixed.
mobil, issue 01.2015, (customer magazin of Deutsche Bahn), insert by connect magazine, page 8 No No --Nakaner (talk) 11:39, 23 January 2015 (UTC) 2015-01-23 not yet It is a small OSM mapnik screenshot (4.2x5.9 cm) with a overlay showing dead zones (mobile phone) along railway line Halle–Uelzen. It is not part of the online edition!

I suggested three different choices for compensation via e-mail either a donation to FOSSGIS e.V. or an OSM advertisement or an article about OSM and/or OpenRailwayMap. --Nakaner (talk) 11:39, 23 January 2015 (UTC) No No Ogmios 2015-01-29 ... not yet Contacted them via mail. They said they will fix it but did nothing for several month now. Yes Yes Msuchy 2015-02-12 2013-11-08 not yet Copyright state "Leaflet" Yes Yes cquest 2015-02-12 2015-02-12 2015-02-12 No attribution on the map. OSM listed somewhere else on the site. Fixed the same day. Yes Yes cquest 2015-02-14 2015-02-14 2015-02-16 OSM base map used without attribution. Message sent thru contact form. No No Michi (talk) 2015-02-17 not yet not yet Map image, has "openstreetscan" in image alt text. No No Species 12:00, 11 March 2015 (UTC) not yet not yet Shows Mapquest tiles on search result pages, without any attribution. No No Cquest (talk) 09:24, 14 March 2015 (UTC) 2015-03-13 (twitter) not yet MapBox (OSM) based tiles, no OSM attribution on map No Yes Cquest (talk) 10:15, 26 March 2015 (UTC) 2015-03-26 (twitter) 2015-04-23 MapBox (OSM) based tiles, no OSM attribution on map (plenty of space for it) Yes Yes auckland_outdoors 2015/04/12 2015/04/12 2015/04/13 Using leaflet.js with mapbox tiles based on OSM. Responded promptly that will be correctly attributed within 24 hours. No No Fllwatcher 2015/05/07 - not yet Picture in the website header is from OSM. License and attribution missing.
Metroinfo network maps (Christchurch, Timaru), also route maps (example: Grantlea), New Zealand No No Hubne 2015-05-30 not yet No attribution on network maps (misleading "Environment Canterbury" without "©" in corner where attribution should be).

Route maps have outdated SA license from 2011 but use more recent data.

Both maps use unsourced transport data rather than OSM's - why don't they just maintain OSM data and use it?

Zeit Online ([11]) No No Imagico 2015-06-01 yes (2015-09-10), to kontakt AT and corresponding authors no No attribution shown by default despite plenty of other credits listed, requires hover + two specific links to get to OSM, Inability/refusal to learn from past mistakes (see previous entry from April 2014).
Openspace Advertising boards outside Tesco shops No No --Dee Earley (talk) 22:35, 18 June 2015 (UTC) 2015-06-06, 2015-06-11 Maybe, "...sorted things out" Advertising boards displayed outside Tesco stores, but managed by Openspace Advertising. Lacking any attribution or copyright.
ESA Landsat 8 Web Portal ([12]) No Yes Imagico 2015-06-26 no no Using OSM standard style, no mentioning of OSM on the whole site.

2016-03-13: They now have a box in the lower right attributing to OSM - but no copy right statement. No No Jedrzej Pelka 2015-07-01 2015-07-01 15:15 not yet event poster containing a piece of OSM with event's site No No domdomegg 2015-07-23 2015-07-23 18:09 not yet Costa Coffee Store Finder using Mapbox No No domdomegg 2015-07-23 2015-07-23 18:12 not yet Transport for London countdown bus finder Yes Yes Robert.ancell 2015-07-24 2015-07-24 2015-10-29 New Zealand national broadband map. Using Mapbox tiles. Replied immediately to email and plan on correcting. Last checked on 2015-10-29; proper attribution and license has been added. Yes Yes sakudo 2015-09-10 2015-09-09



2016-01-19 no licence info given although links to google and other provider (using osm data too) given. - 2015-09-15: Response received and they plan to correct. However, as map data is received from service provider (, issue might be deeper. Issue resolved, see outdooractive below. Yes Yes sakudo 2015-09-21 2015-09-15 (management)


2015-09-29 notified legal-questions@ OSM, still being processed internally

2015-10-22 phone call with company assistant to raise the attention

2016-01-19 Director Cartography responded; changes implemented

2016-01-19 is a service provider for a many other sites and delivers whole map solutions for third parties that put the provided tiles on their web pages (via an API), e. g. which is certainly a page with high volume and high visibility in the public. Therefore, proper implementation of the OSM copyright guidelines, is particularly important here. There are two issues:

1. On some pages, the maps are displayed in a "preview type of view". In this case, no attribution is seen.

2. On some pages (where you will find larger maps), the OSM attribution is displayed but in very low contrast to the background (similar colours). This is particularly irritating as other attributions (google and their own (!)) is displayed in a much better way.

2016-01-19 Acceptable copyright references implemented. Little "previews" still not fully referenced, but main maps ok. Case closed.

UNEP-WCMC here and here No No Imagico 2015-10-22 no no Maps from external providers (CartoDB, Mapbox) without OSM attribution No No Imagico 2015-10-22 no no Mapbox based map without attribution (probably also in violation of Mapbox TOS) No No xnyhps 2015-12-04 Willem1 2015-10-31

xnyhps 2015-12-02

not yet Background image when planning a journey is an OSM map No No Germano Massullo 2016-02-07 2013-09-17 not yet osm-gps-map is an API that allows various softwares to show and use Openstreetmap. The shown map does not show attribution informations No No Imagico 2016-02-11 no no Mapbox based map without attribution (probably also in violation of Mapbox TOS) Partial No Sanderd17 (talk) 12:50, 21 February 2016 (UTC) 2016-02-21 not yet They use OSM for routing, and allow distribution and display of GPX data based on that routing info. The GPX files are distributed under a CC-BY-SA license (which is possible as derived, creative product), but don't mention ODBL (which should be done). There's no attribution on the pages towards OSM contributors. No No Ianlopez1115 2016-03-07 no no Using Mapbox tiles without attribution (probably also in violation of Mapbox TOS). Yes? Yes? CMorty 2016-03-13 2016-03-13 see comment For their surveys (e.g. Supermarkets) they use printed OSM maps without attribution. They promised to look into it. As they are currently not making a survey near me, I (CMorty) can not verify that. No No mtmail 2016-03-29 2016-03-29 not yet Using Mapbox tiles without attribution (probably also in violation of Mapbox TOS). No No CaptainCrunch 2016-04-02 2016-04-02 not yet Screenshots of OSM tiles on pages 1 and 4, with annotations added. Yes Yes Fdansv 2016-04-05 2016-04-04 2016-04-05 One of Spain's biggest tv/news websites. Using CartoDB basemaps, with attribution div hidden on purpose No No Mathias Wittwer 2016-05-24 2016-05-24 not yet Only Links to Leaflet and Mapbox on the Map No No Leonmvd 2016-05-28 2016-05-28 Usage of OSM tiles without attribution Yes Yes Martin Ždila (*Martin*) 2016-06-03 2016-06-03 2016-06-03 Uses OSM map without attribution. Map is contained in the PDF files on the referenced page and the leaflet with the map has been printed and distributed to all households in the Košice city, Slovakia.

Update from 2016-06-03: Attribution fixed in online maps only.

Printed maps distributed by Guide Regional (SARL SLJ) No No Nico nc (talk) 17:38, 5 June 2016 (UTC) 2016-05-01


not yet Printed regional road atlas made of OSM tiles and added ads, distributed in mailboxes. These maps are also visible on publisher's website: No mention of OSM license, website says that all content is property of the company.
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No No Spod 2016-6-8 not yet The map displayed in their web app has no attribution. They are using Mapbox tiles, I think. I can't see an obvious way to contact them via their website.
<> No> No> User: jstein 2016-06-20 volunteers welcome not yet website does not mention OSM, but puts "© 2015 VIA-Bundesverband" below the map