[OSM-legal-talk] Tracing from Aerial Imagery

Laurence Penney lorp at lorp.org
Mon Aug 4 19:10:17 BST 2008

On 1 Aug 2008, at 01:14, Frederik Ramm wrote:

> Question 1 - is that what Ed said? And question 2 - does it make  
> sense,
> legally? And question 3 - so I am allowed to trace my house, and my
> neighbour's, and my workplace, and the bakery I visit every morning,  
> and
> my birthplace, and my parent's house...?

I think you remember it accurately. And I think you could publish all  
those things without a problem.

It reminds me of similar discussions about UK postcodes and OSGB  
TOIDs: you can publish a small set of them relating to data you  
publish for your own arbitrary purposes. However attempts to integrate  
multiple individual projects into, for example, some kind of UK  
postcode lookup, or a "FreeStreepMap" project based on spidering and  
integrating thousands of KMZs, would breach terms. It's not so much  
"derived data" that's the problem (as small amounts are ok), but  
"derived utility".

So going back to your various publishable tracings, it would be the  
intent to integrate the tracings of a whole community that would be  
problematic. No, not very satisfactory in terms of mathematical logic,  
but does anybody want a legal system that's as hackable as Internet  

- L

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