[Tagging] Who has the last word over the access tag?
frederik at remote.org
Sun Apr 25 11:50:01 UTC 2021
this is a fable built on a real-world case. Please don't guess what the
real-world case behind this is; it doesn't matter. Do me a favour and
discuss the fable.
Let's assume you buy a large plot of land and a nice holiday home
somewhere on a pacific island. You travel there regularly and enjoy the
beautiful landscaped garden. You put up "Private property - no
trespassing" signs and hire a couple of guards to ensure nobody enters
your property. Consequently the paths in your garden are mapped in OSM
One day while you are in your home country there is a coup on the
pacific island, and the self-proclaimed island government nullifies all
foreign land ownership. Your guards go home and someone pulls out the
"No trespassing" signs. Random people start enjoying your garden and the
local police are watching.
Let's say this goes on for half a year. The island government has no
international backing but they control the island de-facto. You say that
the property is still your property no matter what the criminals of the
island government say. You take out a one-page ad in the island
newspaper saying that the decrees of the island government are null and
void and that you will sue anyone who enters your property.
Still, every day people are walking across your property and the police
are waving happily.
Are the paths in your garden still access=private?
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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