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Did Apple Steal Their New Map Software?

Mar 09, 2012, 15:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Thier)


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"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 actions."

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