The argument against the goog is that they have a monopolies in certain
markets and are using those to extend in to others, I doubt that you
could make a case against third parties supporting what then becomes the
monopoly system, but who knows.

I've actually legally been in that situation during the first browser
wars and there was never an indication that organisations that signed
contracts that were later ruled illegal would be considered liable for
that, in the end they didn't really have a choice.


Am 11.08.2018 um 10:48 schrieb Andrew Hain:
> If they did sue, could Nomination, Osmand or OSM be liable if we
> implement it?
> --
> Andrew
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Simon Poole <>
> *Sent:* 11 August 2018 09:43
> *To:* Blake Girardot
> *Cc:* OpenStreetMap
> *Subject:* Re: [OSM-talk] Is it technically and legally possible to
> add the Open Location Code to the OSM search?
> Am 10.08.2018 um 23:25 schrieb Blake Girardot:
> > Is that not the reason OSM was started in the first place?   :)
> It is slightly different in more than one way for a monopoly owner to
> pre-emptively create and promote a free system  to stop a competitor
> from gaining a foothold in a potential new market (and the goog is
> obviously spending a fair bit of small change on the whole thing). I
> suspect suing the goog is plan b for the w3w investors if they are not
> successful with the company as such. 

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