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Say there's a McDonald's up the street that isn't represented in OpenStreetMap. Do I have to own the McDonald's in order to add it to the map, or no?

asked 13 Jul '11, 21:48

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Nope, you don't need to own the McDonald's to map it. The fact that there is a McDonald's restaurant is a fact publicly available to anybody standing in front of it and copyright law allows you to record, transmit and use this fact without any restrictions.

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answered 13 Jul '11, 21:55

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No, anyone can (and does) add anything that's there in the world. Nearly all of the shops/buildings/etc in OSM have been added by people who don't own then.

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answered 12 Jan '15, 13:25

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