[Talk-GB] OS OpenData and ODbL OK

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Tue Jul 5 14:32:10 BST 2011

Robert Whittaker (OSM) wrote:
> In the context of OSM, the fact that the contents will be under 
> DbCL will enable users to make use "insubstantial extracts" 
> without having to provide any attribution or share-alike or anything 
> else.

Again, as I said, "insubstantial" is statute law - both the EU Database
Directive [1] and CDPA 1988 [2]. It applies as much to OS OpenData outside
OSM+ODbL, as it does to OpenData within OSM+ODbL. I can copy and paste three
lines from OS Locator here, without attribution, perfectly legally:



So it's not an issue. This freedom is already available to users of OS

There are therefore no circumstances in which OSM will be permitting use of
OS OpenData without ODbL applying, over and above the freedoms which are
available to users of OS OpenData regardless of OSM's involvement. There is
no need to consider the effect of DbCL in isolation.


[1] "a person infringes database right in a database if, without the consent
of the owner of the right, he extracts or re-utilises all or a substantial
part of the contents of the database"
[2] "References in this Part to the doing of an act restricted by the
copyright in a work are 
to the doing of it (a) in relation to the work as a whole or any substantial
part of it"

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