Did Apple Steal Their New Map Software?
Mar 09, 2012, 15:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Thier)
"Apple also seemed to be using a new map service aside from the
usual Google Maps for the program. But Several bloggers quickly
noticed that the maps bore a striking similarity to OpenStreetMap,
an open-source map service with over 400,000 volunteer contributors
worldwide. Upon further investigation, it became eminently clear
that Apple had lifted the maps directly out of OpenStreetMap.
"OpenStreetMap is, of course, open source software, so it isn?t
illegal for Apple to use it in their program. In fact, it?s
actually a real validation for the Open Street Maps Community that
a company like Apple used their data over the traditional Google
Maps. But the usage policy requires proper attribution, and it?s
abominable netiquette to use open source software without crediting
it. Apple is drawing a fair amount of internet ire for their