[OSM-legal-talk] Using Google Street View to perform "virtual survey"

Paulo Carvalho paulo.r.m.carvalho at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 14:16:24 UTC 2014

> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:19:51 +0200
> From: Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch>
> To: legal-talk at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [OSM-legal-talk] Using Google Street View to perform
>         "virtual survey"
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> Am 08.04.2014 10:55, schrieb Martin Koppenhoefer:
> >
> > 2014-04-08 10:39 GMT+02:00 Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch
> > <mailto:simon at poole.ch>>:
> >
> >     @Martin It is undoubtedly so that the information in question is
> -not-
> >     simply available for use. You need to invest the time and effort to
> >     actually go out and collect it. Google has done so and that we should
> >     respect, regardless of legalities*.
> >
> >
> >
> > I am aware of this, but you have put ethics into play. If someone
> > developped a system to analyze and store the DNA information of another
> > person (or of an animal, plant), should they be able to become the
> > proprietor of this information and forbid others to use it or ask
> > license fees? Collecting information about the world, nature, the
> > universe ,etc. (regardless how great the effort is) does not
> > automatically make you the exclusive owner of this information.
> That is a completely different kettle of fish and a very different
> discussion. I am not aware of google or any of the other relevant
> companies or body (with the exception of some states and some national
> monopoly organisations) claiming exclusivity on such collections. With
> other words we are free to go out and replicate their effort, which in
> the end, is what OSM is all about.
> Yes, there is some concern on my behalf that we may run in to some
> non-copyright related IP issues at some point in time but google is
> -very- unlikely to be the problem.
> Simon

Hi, Simon!

   I guess I missed something.  Can you, please, explain that?  I didn't
get the "IP issues" part and consequently why Google unlikely would be the
problem.  That leads to the question about who would pose problems.


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