And for the rest of the story as a famous commentator once used to say.
Here's the reply I got from the air paver. I deleted the user's name.
One point that I do agree with him. There are more than a few people gaming the system for points only. No, I don't believe mapcat is one of them!
Sent at: 11 Dec 2012 15:08
Paving from an aircraft is not prohibited. I call your attention to Waze's Terms of Service, and the End User License Agreement.
"USING THE SERVICE
You may use the Service solely for private and personal purposes. You must not use the Service commercially. For example, you may not offer to third parties a service of your own that uses the Service; you may not resell the Service, offer it for rent or lease, offer it to the public via communication or integrate it within a service of your own, without the prior written consent of Waze. You must not copy, print, save or otherwise use the data from the Site or the Service's database. This clause does not limit the use of the database as intended by the Software and for the purposes of private and personal use of the Service. When using the Service or the Site you may not engage in scraping, data mining, harvesting, screen scraping, data aggregating, and indexing. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Site or the Service’s database for any purpose without the express written permission of Waze. The Software may not be used in any way not expressly permitted by these Terms."
Continuing on to the Waze End User License Agreement:
..."4. You hereby confirm that you own all exclusive rights at (sic) any data and content (the Content) that you may provide to the Service and may assign in license such rights. You keep all title and rights to the Content, but you grant Waze, Inc. (the Company) a worldwide, free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, sublicensable, transferable and perpetual license to use, copy, distribute, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform and exploit in any other manner the Content. Subject to the aforementioned, the Company keeps the title and all rights to the Service's database which you may use for non-commercial and private purposes only."
I have license to create data for the Service, and I also have license to manipulate it afterwards; i.e., delete it. I have been deleting airborne data after creation, and the points are awarded. They created the social aspect of the Waze 'game' by assigning points; everyone out there is 'gaming' the system to increase their points. For instance, you tell me how Dave, aka 'mapcat', can accumulate 3.8 million points with simple editing unless he is running an automated script on his desktop to do data manipulation.
I am prepared to argue legally that airborne data creation is not prohibited in the terms, conditions, and use agreements for the Service, and consequently, manipulation of such data afterwards through deletion, is also not a prohibited activity and not injurious to the Service.
You can call me at any time to discuss this. XXX-XXX-XXXX
Thanks for the note,
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on Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:47 am, edited 1 time in total.