Talk:Copyright Easter Eggs

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AA vs. Ordnance Survey Case

Who won the court case mentioned in the newspaper article? Astrokey44 20:09, 2 Mar 2006 (UTC)

They settled out of court. The AA paid the OS £20m - see here. --Richard 22:42, 2 Mar 2006 (UTC)

Speaking of copyright, including this article verbitum is quite likely copyright infringement. I don't feel comfortable just removing it, but it should probably be summarized or linked to, not copied.

Wikipedia references the case in an External links section. I'm just a newb here, so I'm not yet bold enough to go removing content, but the scanned verbatim newspaper article does seem to push the fair use notion a bit far. Is the custom here to ask an administrator to decide? Teratornis 01:51, 4 Jul 2006 (UTC)
Why remove it, better to add data to OSM than remove? It's not like it hurts them and we are not copying their articles methodicaly. Besides the next time I go to the UK I will remmember "The Telegraph". There are no wikipedia like administrators here. Sure we have people that can ban bots and delete pages but there really is no power in that position. So just go ahead and upload some track and do some editing, it's fun.Erik Johansson 02:51, 4 Jul 2006 (UTC)

Catalogue of Errors

I think it would be useful to turn this page into a catalogue of errors in mainstream maps. There are clearly going to be quite a few. When errors (deliberate or accidental) are found, documenting them will help to prevent them from being inadventently added to the OSM maps (in the future some OSM editors will inevitably have more enthusiasm than respect for copyright). The list may also help the OS and others make more accurate maps in future.

In addition such a list of errors will strengthen OSM's claim to accuracy when TPTB start to see OSM as a threat and beging to use FUD tactics to discredit it. Being able to point to a list of several hundred errors in existing maps will be a powerful argument in favour of OSM. 80n 11:41, 13 Mar 2006 (UTC)

Excellent idea - especially as Wikipedia is often attacked (even after being proven that it contains a similar percentage of errors as the Encycolpaedia Britannica).
By the way, what does TPTB stand for?
--Colin Angus Mackay 12:55, 13 Mar 2006 (UTC)
The Powers That Be TomC 13:15, 13 Mar 2006 (UTC)
It would be nice if the Wiki software had a user preferences setting to automatically hyperlink every acronym having a Wikipedia article; for example: TPTB. Then those of us not privy to the locally dominant cryptolect could painlessly illumine ourselves. Teratornis 04:24, 3 Jul 2006 (UTC)
Do the various commercial map vendors take care to introduce unique errors? It would seem that such errors would only be definitive proof of plagiarism from a vendor if they are unique to that vendor. In that case, in principle it should be possible to identify errors in commercial maps by digitizing all of them and running some sort of a diff. For the would-be plagiarist who wants to avoid getting caught, it would seem he only needs to plagiarize from at least three different vendors' maps, noting any differences between them, and going with the two out of three which must agree, if the odd map out had its error deliberately introduced. If two or more commercial maps have the same error, perhaps they plagiarized from each other, or perhaps they conspired to introduce the same error to defeat a differencing scheme (but if they had, they would lack proof of whose map had been plagiarized). Teratornis 04:24, 3 Jul 2006 (UTC)

I like the idea of a list of errors in major maps, but I dislike the idea of putting it here; it should be a seperate page. Theorbtwo

It is on a separate page. Here: Catalog of Errors :-) 80n 09:43, 26 May 2006 (UTC)

Counter-Espionage Analogy

Some time ago, I recall reading somewhere about a counter-espionage technique whereby an agency deliberately alters the wording uniquely in each copy of a classified document that it distributes to various agents. Later, if the agency discovers that a (verbatim) copy ended up in enemy hands, it can determine which agent received that copy. I did a cursory search for this on Google, but I could not find a reference describing this technique. Has anyone heard of this, and what is its name? This article on copyright Easter eggs might reference the technique. I suppose I could ask on the Trap Street talk page too. Teratornis 16:44, 3 Jul 2006 (UTC)

Apple reputedly do that too. --Richard 17:02, 3 Jul 2006 (UTC)
Are you thinking of a canary trap? --Aspro 16:39, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Question: GPS Log Snap to Roads

If I create GPS logs with the 'Snap to Roads' feature turned it might be the case that Easter Egg get embedded in my GPS log. Does this mean my GPS logs become copyrighted by the owner of the map data?

Whether or not Easter eggs are involved, such a log is potentially a derived work and should not be used in OSM. Always turn 'snap to roads' off. --Richard 13:40, 18 June 2007 (BST)


I am listing this error here on Talk page because I don't know on which section of the article it belongs:

At this location on Google Maps, all the small streets that are used to access a set of buildings are labeled "Jardim Botânico". The labels doesn't make any sense for those streets ("Jardim Botanico" is the name of a Park that is located northeast from that location). --Ehabkost 18:52, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

if you compare the google maps for some time with reality, you may be terrified how many errors and anachronisms there are, how many things are missing at Google etc. Certainly google is "free beer", but not a very tasty one. So I suggest just to ignore Google maps. It is no reliable source of information. -- Andreas König 16:51, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Trolling in Examples?

Zeuthen in Germany Attached to "Wiesenstraße" there are "Adolph-Menzel-Ring", "Otto-Nagel-Allee", "Max-Liebermann-Straße" and "Otto-Dix-Ring", none of which exist. These streets are inside a forest. Four different street names for an area as large as two houses. The real streets are north of these named "Straße" instead of "Ring" (which is also wrong). Maybe an data error, but large house numbers "all greater 100" indicate an Easter egg.

Now, what's this? Trolling? The included maps links shows an areal quite larger than "two houses", and the satellite view show the streets as wells including several houses attached to them. Also "Wiesenstraße" is nowhere connected to these streets. And the Stadt Zeuthen also seems to believe that these alleged Fake-Streets exist, it lists them for example in a street in list in this document: The whole claim does not match to what can be found in reality, so it appears that this example of trap roads is just trolling. -- Wwa2010 22:43, 29 May 2012 (BST)