[talk-au] Tagging questions

Matt White 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...
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