[Imports] Washington State county boundaries

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 09:08:45 UTC 2012

Well I got a reply saying that the county data actually does come from
another agency and that I should contact them. At this point I'm not
going to have time to send another email and wait for a response so I
will just use TIGER data. So nevermind.


On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 5:21 AM, Josh Doe <josh at joshdoe.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:24 AM, Toby Murray <toby.murray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [...] The best source I found was the Washington
>> State Department of Ecology. Their copyright page seemed clear at
>> first but then pnorman on IRC muddied the waters and suggested I get
>> some input from a wider audience. The page in question is here:
>> http://www.ecy.wa.gov/copyright.html
>> Seems like a basic attribution requirement. But of course that gets
>> complicated with derived works and whatnot. I guess I'll send someone
>> at the department a quick email too and see what they say. [...]
> Definitely ask them for clarification, but AFAIK it's straightforward:
> "Unless specifically identified as the property of another party, all
> text, data, [...] found on Ecology's Web sites, including [...] the
> linked database and map servers, are the copyrighted property of the
> Washington State Department of Ecology"
> - They own the copyright, good.
> "Commercial use and commercial publication of the Material are
> specifically prohibited, except as specified below."
> - Wait for it
> "Users may use data from Ecology's Web sites provided the Washington
> State Department of Ecology is credited as the data provider and a
> link is provided to the Ecology data source Web page."
> - The key here is that they don't specify where the attribution must
> occur. This is no different than CC-BY-SA or ODbL, where attribution
> is acceptably placed in other places than on the map, such as in our
> Contributors wiki page [0]. They also don't have any requirements
> which transfer to any users of the data which we use from them. (e.g.
> forbidding sublicensing, or specifying how we sublicense).
> Then again, I would be surprised if TIGER is very much different from
> this data, since TIGER generally uses data provided by states and
> localities (at least true in the case of Virginia roads).
> -Josh
> [0]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Contributors

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