dbraughlr wrote:Also sources are specifications for highway interchanges, government GIS, community plans, and low altitude aerial photography (requires radial stretching).
Technically they are copyrighted - by YOU - and yes, you can use them as you see fit. HOWEVER, Waze can't be held responsible for anything you do on your own - i.e. you can't use them and then try to charge Waze for their use or try to sue them for not licensing them from you.dbraughlr wrote:Photographs that I take myself are not copyrighted. I am licensed to use them anywhere and as often as I like.
This one is actually in a grey area. The diagram you link to (I think you are referring to the Interchange Configuration link on that page you linked to) wasn't created by the state (or city) - it was created by Wood Rogers, Inc. for the state (or city). This is different than a government work - it is a work for hire (for the government). Personally I see this type of diagram as being more on the acceptable side, but I am not a lawyer and this does sentence does not constitute legal advice, nor does it speak for Waze in any way, shape, or form.dbraughlr wrote:I used an engineering diagram for an interchange. I challenge you to show what law that violates or what license is required.
Waze Staff wrote:In general, using all external map sources, outside the Waze tools are prohibited (including Google maps).
You can use the data within the Waze tools - including Street View and Google aerial maps in the Map Editor.
Waze Staff wrote:The usage of resources outside of what we show inside Waze is prohibited unless approved by Waze (we will gladly check if the source is legit).
So all the following examples are not allowed:
- Checking if the street name is correct.
- Adding street names by reading and typing them from another map.
- Adding new roads copying the shape from another map (by hand).
- Adding new roads copying the shape from another map with a script.
So there are a very simple Do's and Don'ts:
Do - use Waze editor with Waze resources within the Waze site.
Don't - all the rest unless asked and approved.
That is why we show Street View images only, without additional data which might not be legally approved for usage.
Waze Staff wrote:In the US, if the information is provided by state official sites (DOT) like the Tiger, you can use the data as a reference.
dbraughlr wrote:Not everything is copyrighted, certainly not engineering plans that are available free from government websites. It's not like we are stealing their design.
It is owned by the government and placed in the public domain.
qwaletee wrote:The Supreme Court says so.
AndyPoms wrote:Waze can't be held responsible for anything you do on your own - i.e. you can't use them and then try to charge Waze for their use or try to sue them for not licensing them from you.
In the US, if the information is provided by state official sites (DOT) like the Tiger, you can use the data as a reference.
CBenson wrote:qwaletee wrote:The Supreme Court says so.
Waze covers a much larger area than the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court does.
Taco909 wrote:Based on the above exchange, is this now permitted?
From what I'm reading, it sounds like I am not even allowed to drive to a location and write down street names in a new development that has been paved and needs editing.
Waze Staff wrote:Note that external copyright information does not include any source of information that is provided by Waze through the internal tools of the online editor or application. Also any information developed independently by a user being physically present at a site is acceptable to add to the map as long as it is provided without copyright. (emphasis added)
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