[Tagging] [OT] Licensing of information from websites
danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 11:59:49 UTC 2015
2015-03-31 12:51 GMT+01:00 Andrew Guertin <andrew.guertin at uvm.edu>:
>> I wonder that nobody so far did spell out a warning about adding
>> information from websites. The simple key website=* is ok, but every
>> information like address, prizes and all the amenities is most of the
>> time not usable due to license problems.
>> cu fly
> I'm pushing this offtopic and this discussion should probably go to
> legal-talk (I've set reply-to there), but that paragraph does not match my
> understanding of copyright law (IANAL, etc.).
> My understanding is that a piece of information like an address or phone
> number is a fact and is ineligible for copyright protection. If the fact has
> been collected into a database, though, the database is in some countries
> eligible for protection under a separate form of IP.
> Thus if you go to a business' website to find their phone number and put it
> in OSM, everything is okay, but if you go to a phone book to find it, that's
> not okay and you could impact use of OSM in jurisdictions that have database
Andrew, you are correct. People who are concerned about licensing do
forget this distinction sometimes. You've described it very well (the
difference between copying a phone number and a phone book)
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