[OSM-legal-talk] Reverse Geocoding

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Fri Apr 4 09:00:33 BST 2008

Iván Sánchez Ortega wrote:

> It means that CC isn't here to overcome local copyright law. So, if  
> your local
> jurisdiction has a fair use right (e.g. US), you can apply it, no  
> matter the
> CC license. The same applies for citation rights, private copy,  
> parody, etc
> etc in other jurisdictions.

Absolutely - and also for the extent to which rights can be claimed  
over small quantities, or indeed any quantities, of data.

http://edina.ac.uk/projects/grade/gradeDigitalRightsIssues.pdf (EU) and
http://www.spatial.maine.edu/~onsrud/pubs/copyright39.pdf (US and EU)
are both essential reading.

That's why, if a share-alike licence is to work for data, it needs to  
be one expressly written for contract, database right, and copyright  
- which the Open Database Licence is. CC-BY-SA is a suitable licence  
for creative works but OSM's data isn't primarily a creative work.


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