[OSM-legal-talk] Using description from wikipedia text (Tom Gregorovic)

Tom Lee tlee at mapbox.com
Sat Oct 18 19:00:50 UTC 2014


Tom,

Licenses like CC and ODbL can only apply to copyrighted material, which
must generally be a specific creative expression in a fixed medium. You
can't copyright facts, nor opinions.

Assuming you don't have some crazy natural language processing workflow in
mind, you'll only be using the ideas expressed in that Wikipedia text
rather than their specific expression. These are not protected by copyright
nor any derived license, so you should be free to use them. I am not a
lawyer--by all means listen to the wisdom of others on this list--but I
believe that there shouldn't be any licensing considerations present.

(also) Tom

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> Dear all,
> I just want to ask here, if it is legal and does not violate the OSM
> license to map
> mountain ranges according to text description of its borders from
> wikipedia articles (e.g.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelengora#Topography). I would combine it
> with contours/relief map of OpenCycleMap and mentioned rivers and peaks
> from OSM to approximately estimate area of the mountain range.
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> Thanks,
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> Tom Gregorovic
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