[Talk-us] USGS has no problem using information from copyrighted maps
dale.puch at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 20:35:40 BST 2010
There are exceptions, but from what I have seen this policy seems to be the
basis of the government opening up GIS data.
On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM, Dale Puch <dale.puch at gmail.com> wrote:
> It will probably take some digging to find out the full story, and it will
> probably differ from state to state. But it seems that around 1995-2005
> time range federal, state and local governments started to share GIS data.
> As they did this they also changed their copyright and access policies due
> to the sharing.
> To make matters worse, very few clearly state any copyright or
> restrictions, even though there is a specific field in the meta-data.
> While I do not know for sure, my guess is that the original map was indeed
> copyrighted, but at a later date the map, or data was shared with other
> agencies and the result was no longer copyrighted.
> It would be really nice to have the copyright/usability status of various
> data sets published by the various agencies.
> On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 7:18 AM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> First, I'm not trying to start an argument or even a civilized
>> discussion about our policies in this matter. I just found this
>> is "Rosslyn Station", a former railway station in Pennsylvania. The
>> source cited for the feature is a map created by the Pennsylvania
>> Department of Transportation:
>> This map, from which USGS got the name and location, is labeled
>> "Copyright 1977 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania". (Yes, our GNIS import
>> includes this feature.) The USGS doesn't seem to consider this
>> information copyrightable:
>> http://www.usgs.gov/usgs-manual/1100/1100-6.html prescribes a notice
>> to appear "when copyrighted materials are used in an information
>> product", which I don't see with the GNIS, and
>> http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/metadata.htm#getacopy.0 says that
>> there are no access or use constraints.
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