[OSM-legal-talk] Tracing from Aerial Imagery

Jukka Rahkonen jukka.rahkonen at mmmtike.fi
Fri Aug 22 10:22:46 BST 2008

Lauri Hahne <lauri.hahne at ...> writes:

> 2008/8/5 Gustav Foseid <gustavf at ...>:
> >  - In addition to protection as individual photographs, the database of the
> > photographs has database protection. The traces (KMZz) would, however, not
> > be part of the database and not be protected as a database. Even all traces
> > would not be a substantial part of a database consisting of photographs.
> Sorry to resurrect such an old discussion but I only found it today.
> The EU database laws protect parts of databases which are significant
> in either quantitatively (amount) or qualitatively (what it is). So
> IMHO doing some random drawings from a world-wide or national database
> of aerial images should be ok but doing a trace of a village wouldn't
> be ok as it matches the criteria of being qualitatively major part
> even if it isn't a major part of the database when measured
> quantitatively.

So the next question is if an aerial image is something more than an image. You
mean that if it is possible to interpret with bare eyes roads, lakes, buildings
etc. from an image, then image itself is a road, lake and building database? 

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