[OSM-talk] Maps and names
mike at ayeltd.biz
Sat Sep 2 03:41:39 BST 2006
At 12:04 AM 2/09/2006, SteveC wrote:
>* @ 01/09/06 02:27:19 PM emil79 at gmail.com wrote:
> > >On 9/1/06, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> > >Unless the lat/long coordinates in the original Wikipedia articles were
> > >collected using GPS then chances are that this information was
> lifted from
> > >a
> > >map. Wikipedia's GFDL license would not protect us from the original
> > >copyright infringment.
> > Well some of us don't think taking coords from a map is copyright
> > infringement - as the posts below show, this view leads to ridiculous
> > conclusions. I'll say it again: you can't copyright facts.
>SteveC steve at asklater.com http://www.asklater.com/steve/
Interesting, thanks Steve. Assuming that world-wide this is probably
the most restrictive "legislation" I went on to read the actual
directive, it is not very long and the key provisions for us even
shorter (articles 7 - 10 and possibly 5:
Generally, it does speak only about extracting or re-utilizing "all
or a substantial part of the contents of a database" which seems
reasonable and unconcerning. However this Article 7 clause does seem
worrying and, IANAL, could do with formal opinion:
"5. The repeated and systematic extraction and/or re-utilization of
insubstantial parts of the contents of the database implying acts
which conflict with a normal exploitation of that database or which
unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the maker of the
database shall not be permitted."
I still believe however that encouraging a highish level of source
attribution (with the data or by the contributor personally) plus a
formal policy of quick surrender - removing data provided by a
particular contributor - coupled with the actual tools to do so
protects OSM both from having the whole site shut down and from
having to fight a legal battle.
On a more positive note, I see that generally protection is only
given for 15 complete calendar years from the completion of the
database or when it was later made public (although a "substantial
change" starts the clock again).
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