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We're building a mobile application (Android, iOS) for tourists coming to Poland. We would like to cover 5 biggest cities, and use OSM as our map source. On this source, we would display our own POI.

The question is: (1) can we do it (license-wise); (2) and - as we do this - will the whole application be subjected to Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license?

Thanks upfront for the answers!

asked 01 Nov '11, 16:13

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  1. Yes. You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt our maps and data, as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors. Make sure that you are not breaking the tile usage policy if you are using map tiles from the osm server (other map tile providers may have different policies).
  2. If you alter or build upon our maps or data, you may distribute the result only under the same licence. But any data not derrived from OSM is not subject to this licence.
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answered 01 Nov '11, 16:24

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edited 01 Nov '11, 19:55


Also bear in mind that if by "OpenStreetMap maps" you mean the tile server used for the slippy map, a usage policy applies which states that downloading tiles for offline use is strongly discourages and likely to get your app banned from the tile servers.

(01 Nov '11, 16:47) Jonathan Ben...

Thanks for the answer :-) And - if we used offline maps in our application? (e.g.: we make an app, that has maps for various cities already included within the app, so that the user downloads an app from our own server and uses the app offline)?

(02 Nov '11, 13:05) darwinmonk

For offline mapps you have to use another tile server or set up your own.

(04 Nov '11, 11:03) Gnonthgol ♦

... or you can use vestor maps that don't need so much space on a device like tile files. Have a look at Navit, ZANavi, Gosmore, OsmAnd, Mapfactor Navigator free, NaviPOWM to name but a few.

(05 Nov '11, 07:07) stephan75

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