gettingthere wrote:We want Waze to succeed. We don't want them to be tied up in lawsuits, reputation destroyed in the press, or worse - shut down due to improper actions by us, the community mappers.
I totally agree and think that it should be taken very seriously.
gettingthere wrote:So they are actually spending money and creating this stuff. Waze should not get a free pass to use this data without permission.
I don't see the valid argument here. If something can be legally used (copied, etc.), whether by design or accidentally, I don't think it matters who spent the money (or did the leg work). Along the same line, it could be said that Wazers who only use the product and don't contribute in some form (alerts, edits, etc.) fall under this category. Obviously, that would defeat the purpose of this software and I don't actually think that it should be limited to contributors.
I'm not trying to pick a fight, just having a discussion.
On a semi-related note, would it be safe to assume that since we legally use Bing aerials for Waze that we could use use Bing maps for street verification or would this fall under two different usage types and licensed individually?