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Hi, I'm starting a small company where many of the services I provide will include data from OSM, such as customized printed maps. I've been doing this for a while for other companies, so I'm aware of general attribution rules.

Question is: I would like to include some OSM vector data in the logo for my new company. Would I then have to include '(c) OpenStreetMap Contributors' in or directly below the logo every time I use it, or is there some other more graphically acceptable way of doing it?

I've searched around and found the advice that attribution should be "reasonable to the medium or means you are utilizing". I just don't know what that would be for a logo.

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asked 08 Jan '14, 16:42

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edited 08 Jan '14, 17:20

A reasonable solution to this is to not use real OpenStreetMap data and instead use fake data stylized in whatever way you think gets the message across.

As to using real OSM data, likely anything useful as a logo will be so small that from an ODbL pov it will be a non-substantial extract and not be subject to the licence.

However as I've said before the help site is the wrong place for legal consulting.

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answered 08 Jan '14, 19:06

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edited 08 Jan '14, 21:37

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Thanks a lot for the answer, I will consider it carefully before I move furher.

(09 Jan '14, 09:27) Hammershoej

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