[talk-au] Tagging questions
mattwhite at iinet.com.au
Mon Feb 11 08:01:28 GMT 2008
Brent Easton wrote:
>> Well you can't copy from Melway.
> No, I see no problem with reviewing the existing documentation from a number of different sources, finding a consensus, then publishing that consensus on OSM.
Here comes the fun... I reckon the multi source approach should also be
valid for street name sourcing - that way you aren't relying on a single
companies *substantial effort* required to originally compile the map
(in Australia, and apparently only Australia, we have to wear the
consequences of the DtMS v Telstra judgement which in essence says that
factual items can be copyrighted in a substantial effort was required to
collate and present them). It's a really strange area - in short nobody
I have found will give me any actual legal advice regarding this - it's
just deemed too unknown since that court case
> I believe it has been established the street names are Established Facts and can not be copyrighted. Large scale reproduction of parts of a street directory is clearly a breach of copyright, especially copying the street layouts. But comparing what is written on an individual street sign against what is recorded in a directory and then deciding which is most correct cannot possibly be seen as a breach of copyright. In this case, you have seen the street signs with your own eyes, so you are 100% entitled to enter either of them into OSM!
> I use street directories from time to time to refresh my memory of the street names of areas I have visited in the past...
> Brent Easton
> University of Western Sydney
> Email: b.easton at uws.edu.au
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