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Hi ,

My name is Soumik Ghosh, I am working in ericsson.

I have downloaded open street map tiles from open street website as png file.

I want to use it for one of my application to display static data in vietnam.

As I understand its a free , can you please provide me the mail confirmation of the legal term?

Appreciate your early reply.

Thanks & regards Soumik Ghosh

asked 23 Sep '12, 16:15

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edited 22 Feb '13, 17:45

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I registered only to ask a similar question. So just to be sure - is it ok to use just some parts of a map,for example, publish them in a magazine, on half a page, for teaching purposes?

Thank you

(24 Sep '12, 19:53) satellite123

The short answer is that using the data is acceptable. That carries the ODbL licence and produced works, such as a render of a map, can be any licence you choose, but you must attribute OSM. You can find more on the legal FAQ here:

Using the map tiles from the OSM website is not quite the same. They too require attribution, but they use the licence CC BY-SA which may, arguably, force you to release all of the document as CC BY-SA. Use the data and render your own map to be sure. See for how to do that.

(24 Sep '12, 20:04) ChrisH

Yes. That's the idea of OpenStreetMap it's "free" as in zero cost and "free" as in freedom. Feel free to use the static image and remember to give credit to OpenStreetMap as described on

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answered 23 Sep '12, 18:31

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If you want to use the tiles, rather than the data, there is a usage policy:

You are free to use the data and render your own tiles which can then be used freely, subject to the licence: Commercial use, within these terms, is perfectly acceptable.

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answered 23 Sep '12, 21:28

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