Something suddenly occurred to me. Obviously, the licensing between Google and OSM is clear in that you can’t use Google data in OSM. And, unless Google is contractually obligated to use only once source, there is the option that they can use OSM as long as they acknowledge it. But, at what point is Google map data Google’s and not available for OSM?
I was comparing software that utilized OSM offline and noticed that a particular company I do business with was misplaced in the OSM data. I decided to check Google’s data as well and I believe that that was also misaligned. So, I fixed OSM and submitted a correction to Google. However, what if Google was right and OSM was just misplaced? If I’m looking for a location in OSM and I utilize Google to remember where exactly it was located (emphasis being remember because I know it’s there), at what point am I using Google data to pinpoint an exact location as compared to referencing Google to make sure I don’t put a pinpoint in the wrong spot?