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Who knows

Publié : mar. janv. 30, 2018 7:16 pm
par Nop

I am asking this question here because is a french website in the hope that someone knows this page and can help me. is making heavy use of my OSM map The logs show usually more than 100000 acesses per month from, even more than 170000 in January.

My map is published under a CC-NC-SA license, so it is free for non-commercial use and I also require all uses to be freely accessible. is a commercial website and password protected. So the use of my map is clearly in violation of its open license. Unfortunately, attempts to contact by mail have been ignored.

So my question to you is: Does anyone know or use Is there a better way to contact them in order to stop the mass license violation?

Thank you

Re: Who knows

Publié : mer. janv. 31, 2018 10:05 am
par althio
Hi Nop,

The non-respect of your license is a problem, the heavy use of your server is also troublesome.

Did you send your message in English? To which email address and when?
If you want us to translate in French and/or phone them, let me know.

Re: Who knows

Publié : mer. janv. 31, 2018 11:04 am
par cquest
You can reject requests based on referer for this domain... hat's what I'm doing from time to time on OSM France tile servers when required.

Contact them directly...

Re: Who knows

Publié : mer. janv. 31, 2018 12:38 pm
par althio
cquest a écrit :
mer. janv. 31, 2018 11:04 am
Contact them directly...
Nop did that already "Unfortunately, attempts to contact by mail have been ignored" but I asked if the message was in English only.

Re: Who knows

Publié : mer. janv. 31, 2018 9:41 pm
par Nop
I sent mails to on 20.1. and 25.1. They were in English and had about the same content as my first post above.

I have also instructed my server to block (meaning it returns only a blocking image instead of the requested map tiles), but for some reason I do not understand they still send about 10000 requests daily.

I was hoping to find someone, maybe a hiker, with more knowledge about that website. Talking to them on the phone might be the best idea, but I don't speak enough French to order a pizza. :-)

Re: Who knows

Publié : ven. févr. 02, 2018 9:22 am
par althio
They have been given notice by phone and should respond directly.

Re: Who knows

Publié : ven. févr. 02, 2018 2:56 pm
par will
Hello Nop,

We have actually been contacted by phone this morning. Since 10.30, every request to your maps has been shut down.
If you see any more request on your server, please contact me, that is not normal.

Please apologize for your unanswered mails, I found them in spambox, sorry for that.

Here are some precisions on what happened :
We are a young company and your maps where at first used as tests maps. Unfortunately they have never been removed from the website.
Technically, we use the Leaflet plugin "Leaflet Layers control with minimaps" (, which loads a preview of each available layer each time you display, move or zoom a map. That is why you saw a huge amount of requests on your server. We totally missed that point. Sorry.

Please note that the Mhikes application is free and without any advertisement. The website is password protected because, at the moment, only Mhikes team is allowed to create and share hikes.
We also have some professional applications but customers have to enter licence/api key if needed.

We are, I am, at your disposal if you need or want more information about what happened.
We appreciate OSM community and are entirely opened to discussion if anything we are doing is wrong, or if anyone is interested in sharing our experience.

Lead developper at Mhikes

Re: Who knows

Publié : ven. févr. 02, 2018 4:46 pm
par gendy54
There you go. The story ends well

Re: Who knows

Publié : ven. févr. 02, 2018 5:48 pm
par Nop
Thank you for your help. I am very glad this has been clarified. My logs show no more requests after 11:03 so I am confident the problem is solved.

bye, Nop

Re: Who knows

Publié : sam. févr. 03, 2018 3:38 pm
par ades222
et en Natsilingmiutut ou en kivallirmiutut ça donne quoi ?