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I am currently documenting some editing procedures in the wiki. As suggested, I tried to upload the images I need to Wikimedia Commons. The problem is that I don't know under which license to assign these images.

Images are subsets of "print screens" I made when I was editing OSM data with JOSM with Bing or ESRI images in the background. Any idea?


asked 17 Jan '20, 21:24

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Besides your own copyright as the creator of the image, there are at least three sources of copyrightable content involved:

  • OSM data
  • JOSM itself
  • Bing/ESRI imagery

OSM is relatively easy to attribute on Commons, as they have a pre-made template that you can stick on the image description page.

JOSM is trickier. You should be on the safe side by adding another template to the image description page, namely {{Free screenshot|template=GPL}}, which indicates that this is a screenshot of software under the GPL license. (It would be interesting to hear the JOSM developers' position on the license of JOSM screenshots.)

Unfortunately, that issue won't really matter because the dealbreaker here is likely going to be the imagery in the background. Bing and ESRI imagery is not actually available under an open license, they merely permit us to use it for mapping. Commons does not permit content under non-open licenses (not even "fair use").

So while the advice to upload to Commons instead of the OSM wiki is usually a good one, this is not going to be an option here.

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answered 18 Jan '20, 19:08

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Clear answer in a three components complex topic : +3 Tordanik

(19 Jan '20, 13:46) jfd553

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