Talk:RFC Attribution Mark

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Discuss the page RFC Attribution Mark here.

(Note this topic has also been extensively discussed on the mailing lists e.g. here)


It is important that the text is not replaced by the picture, but the text stays available in the HTML ALT-tag for accessibility reasons (Images can not be read by screenreaders for example). Please add an example how to embed the Attribution Mark Logo. --Lulu-Ann (talk) 07:44, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

OSMF License Working Group input

As this page has a "legal" impact, we discussed the proposal at our 7th May meeting - item 6. Apologies for not highlighting this sooner.

1) Proposed revamp of with (draft)

It is great initiative to make the "legal" side of OpenStreetMap better explained and easier to use. For us, we need the page to still say what we want it to say and have the right focus, (it is after all a formal copyright page!). Comments (based on the draft on 7th May):


  • Visually appealing page is a great idea (although I agree with Lulu-Ann's comment), however, it is trying to be two pages at once.


  • Too much gap at the top when first clicking on the link, it is not clear that there is text on the page!
  • The soft information “Local Knowledge” and “Community Driven” at the top should be moved to the bottom; “copyrighty” stuff MUST be prominent.
  • The text for data, cartography and use of our tiles should be clearly separated to avoid confusion.
  • The link to legal FAQ, preferably the one at, needs to go back.

2) We will support this initiative by checking that the replacement of the traditional (c) + year/entity text with “BY OSM” is indeed legally valid. We think OK but want to be certain.

3) We will support this initiative by checking other trademarks that might overlap with "OSM" ... we do not (yet) own it and it is very short, so may be a risk.

MikeCollinson (talk) 17:11, 25 June 2013 (UTC)