[OSM-legal-talk] Database and its contents
emilie.laffray at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 12:46:32 GMT 2010
On 23 November 2010 11:33, 80n <80n80n at gmail.com> wrote:
> Indeed, using something that is so novel and untested as ODbL to license
> OSM's work is foolish. Especially given that copyright as applied to maps
> is well established and have been in use for a couple of hundred years.
you are correct that copyrights are applied to maps for centuries and I
expect it to continue for the coming centuries.
On the topic of vectorial database, I believe that we will start seeing more
and more people to move towards licenses which are protecting databases like
what is happening with Paris (they are choosing ODbL, and they have a large
legal team). I suspect as database law usage is expanding, we will see more
and more moves towards licence like CC0, ODbL, ODb-BY, etc.... . Recently,
someone from Creative Common posted that they are closely looking at the
debate to see how they could improve their licensing to take into account
databases. People don't spend time inventing new licences for the sake of
it; it corresponds to the need of adapting to a changing legal environment.
If I remember correctly, UK have recently excluded databases from copyright
protection since 1997 due to the introduction of the European database law (
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/UK_Database_Law for more information).
You can argue that the database containing map data is different from some
yellow pages database. I disagree with that statement. I believe that a
database (as defined by the link above) of geographical information is not
different than a database of information. ODbL may be untested, but so is
CC-BY-SA, and so was the GPL until some time ago. The point is that you have
to choose what gives you the strongest legal footing in the end, as they are
Amusingly enough, I don't know of any map providers using copyrights to
protect their data.
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