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OpenStreetMap by Jonathan Bennett

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Why use OpenStreetMap?

Unlike most sources of geographic data, there are virtually no restrictions on what you can do with OpenStreetMap data. You can use it for any purpose, including commercial activities, without having to pay license fees. You can edit the information in any way you like and publish the results. You can give the data to someone else without needing permission, and they can, in turn, pass it on. Your only obligation is to "share alike"; that is, to allow anyone you give OpenStreetMap data to redistribute it themselves. The particular license used is currently the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 license, usually abbreviated as CC-BY-SA, although a process to change the license to the Open Database Licence 1.0 (ODBL) ...

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