[Tagging] [OT] Licensing of information from websites

fly lowflight66 at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 31 15:31:25 UTC 2015

Am 31.03.2015 um 13:59 schrieb Dan S:
> 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
>> protections.
> 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)

Ok, forget about the address and the phone number but how to handle all
other information like the availability of washing machines or the
cuisine of an restaurant ?

cu fly

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