I'm planning to create a map with GPS and routing support as well as other custom features for my local area. It will be for a commercial usage. I'm okay with showing OpenStreetMap logo in my app.

Is it okay to use OpenStreetMap data as base and add more features on my own for free?

Do I have to host my own server? (It will only support a map with around 4km square feet.)

But I do not wish to make what I created open-sourced.

Is OpenStreetMap for me?

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If you intent to create a derivative database then you have to share parts of your work. For more information read the Legal FAQ, especially section 3. And ideally contact your lawyer.

  • I've a hard time understanding derivative database. Care to explain a bit with example? Thanks.
    – moeseth
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 8:21
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    + 1. It is important to note that "share" can mean you release the original data or the created data as odbl. At the end I would recommend you to release any modifications to OSM and e.g. differentiate through your potentially closed source app
    – Karussell
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 8:21
  • @moeseth No I can't, I'm not a lawyer. I can only point you to the legal FAQ.
    – scai
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 8:29

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