[OSM-legal-talk] Fwd: [okfn-discuss] Law and the GeoWeb
rob at robmyers.org
Sun Nov 21 11:41:13 GMT 2010
I recognise some of the names on that list. ;-)
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Subject: [okfn-discuss] Law and the GeoWeb
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:28:11 -0600
From: Mr. Puneet Kishor <punkish at eidesis.org>
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Law and the GeoWeb
A workshop on "Intellectual Property and Geographic Data in the Internet
Era" sponsored by Creative Commons and the United States Geological
Survey (USGS) in conjunction with the annual meeting of AAG, April 11,
2011, Seattle, Washington. The workshop will be held at the campus of
Microsoft Research, and will be streamed live on the Internet.
This workshop will focus on intellectual property issues with geographic
data, exploring situations when users and creators ranging from
individuals to local, state and federal agencies as well as private
companies and non-profits create, share and reuse geographic information
from different sources over the Internet in their projects.
For more information, please see http://punkish.org/geoweb/index.html or
search on Twitter for #lawandgeoweb
U.S Copyright Law protects tangible original works with creative content
but the law also ensures that facts, that is, data that are discovered
rather than invented, remain free for everyone's benefit. This
ideas/expression dichotomy creates a lot of issues in the Internet age
when information is very easily created, shared, used and reused.
With inexpensive computing and networking power available to everyone,
geographic datasets are increasingly being created, shared and used by
individuals, grassroots organizations, and private corporations. These
data come with different expectations with regards to how they may be
used resulting in a hodgepodge of licensing and contractual obligations
that hinders data interoperability. Mixing data of different provenance
creates new data with typically more restrictive licensing conditions.
Public agencies may be unable to mix licensed data with government data
due to restrictive licensing terms of the resultant dataset, and thus,
may be unable to capitalize on and benefit from user-generated content.
The current line-up of speakers from federal, state and local agencies,
Creative Commons, grassroots agencies, intellectual property lawyers,
the geospatial industry, and research and academia includes:
* Ed Arabas, National States Geographic Information Council
* Greg Babinski, King County, State of Washington
* Michael Brick, Microsoft Legal, Bing Maps
* Steve Coast, Founder, Open Street Maps
* Kari Craun, Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations, USGS
* Ed Parsons, Chief Technologist, Google Maps, Google
* Diane Peters, General Counsel, Creative Commons
* Tim Trainor, Bureau Chief, Geography Division, US Census Bureau
* Paul Uhlir, Director, Board for Research, Data and Information, NRC
The format of the workshop will encourage discussion and participation.
To ensure those directly involved in the topic get a chance to attend
the workshop, attendance is based on a short application form accessible
at http://punkish.org/geoweb/participate/in_person/index.html. Deadline
for applying for the workshop is December 18, 2010. Selected applicants
will be informed by January 15, 2011.
Attendees will also be able to submit longer papers for publication in a
special issue of the peer-reviewed, completely free and open access
online journal "International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructure
Research" published by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
The workshop is organized in conjunction with the AAG annual meeting.
The workshop will be held on the campus of Microsoft Research, and run
from 1 PM to 5 PM on Monday, April 11, 2011.
There is no fee for this workshop and participants do not have to
register for the AAG Annual Meeting. The workshop is limited to 50
participants to facilitate discussion.
Proceedings of the workshop and selected longer papers will be published
in a special issue of the open-access International Journal of Spatial
Data Infrastructure Research published by the Joint Research Centre of
the European Commission.
Please contact either Puneet Kishor, Creative Commons
[punkish at creativecommons.org] or Barbare Poore, USGS [bspoore at usgs.gov]
if you have any questions.
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