[OSM-legal-talk] Crown copyright, OS and year of publication

Tim Sheerman-Chase orders2008 at sheerman-chase.org.uk
Mon Apr 7 16:55:22 BST 2008


Hi All,

On the wiki for out of copyright maps, it states:

> Maps published by the Ordnance Survey are Crown Copyright as 
> stipulated in the terms of The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1998 
> (http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1988/Ukpga_19880048_en_1.htm). 
> Therein, Chapter X. Section 163, states:
> *snip*
>
> (b) if the work is published commercially before the end of the period 
> of 75 years from the end of the calendar year in which it was made, 
> until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar 
> year in which it was first so published."
>
> Since most Ordnance Survey maps have been published and and are 
> classed as literary or artistic works produced by a government 
> organisation, not one indetifiable person, Crown Copyright on them 
> expires 50 years after the end of the calendar year in which a 
> mapsheet was FIRST published.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Out_of_copyright

Is that interpretation about the FIRST year of publication definitely 
correct? Or should it be the year of last update? Has this been 
discussed before?

If this is not correct, or it is uncertain, the wiki page should be updated.

Regards,

Tim





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