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I'm writing a piece of software that allows transportation planners to test new highway designs, layouts etc.

I'm thinking of using OSM for it; however, it seems I can't do this with the ODbL license. Given that the highways the users are creating and testing are hypothetical and at a planning phase, they do not currently exist in physical state.

I am a bit confused as to where my issue stands with the licensing as it seems to me it falls in the grey zone.

asked 10 Sep '13, 13:06

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You cannot upload hypothetical roads to OpenStreetMap of course.

If you download data from OpenStreetMap and combine this with your own, hypothetical, data into a new database from which you then make derived products, then the ODbL's share-alike provision means that if these derived products are published ("publicly used"), whoever receives the products can also ask you for the database behind them (i.e. the OSM data that you have modified), and you have to give them the data under ODbL.

If the derived products are only used internally by the transportation planners, then the share-alike provision doesn't even kick in.

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answered 10 Sep '13, 13:20

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Make your own map, locally, and add the necessary false roads without an upload, that wont be a violation of the license. Be shure to add the ODbl so its present in a corner.

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answered 10 Sep '13, 13:18

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