[OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-newbies] Copyright for street names

Tony Bowden tony at tmtm.com
Sun Jan 6 21:53:57 GMT 2008

Bernd Raichle wrote:
> Subproblem b) is IMHO the real problem.  This association of a way (or
> part of it) with a name is copyrightable. 

In what jurisdictions? On what basis?

Associating the name with the way requires no creativity, it is again a 
bald statement of fact that cannot be done any other way.

*Drawing* the way in the first place from a copyright source would incur 
problems, but assuming the placement of the way is safe, I don't 
understand your point about associating a name to it.


Disclaimer: I am not arguing here that we should change the OSM policy. 
This is just a discussion of what the law is / is likely to be.

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