[Talk-GB] Copyright issues of checking details on other websites

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Tue Jul 5 12:34:37 BST 2011


On 05/07/2011 12:28, Nick Austin wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM, David Earl<david at frankieandshadow.com>  wrote:
>>
>> To take a different example, the Royal Mail (still) claims database
>> copyright over the PAF (postcode address file) database. Would crowd
>> sourcing the address vs postcode data by each individual putting in their
>> own data constitute database copyright infringement and if so who is the
>> infringer?
>
> There used to be a postcode crowsourcing project here:
> http://www.freepostcodes.org.uk/
>
> According to that site postcode data is available under an open licence.

Yes, I know. But that data doesn't include addresses, only geocodes for 
postcodes. The address vs postcode database is still jealously guarded 
by Royal Mail. But anyway, that wasn't the point, it's just an example.

David




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