[Talk-GB] Importing Website Data

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Mon Dec 18 13:53:44 UTC 2017


People have mentioned this before. The conversation usually then goes
to copyright (and the question of whether simple facts (such as
addresses, opening hours etc) can be copyrighted), then in fact it's
database rights that are probably the main barrier.* I'm not central
to all of this, nor a lawyer, but I'd say it's definitely not clear
that it's OK, and thus inappropriate to scrape such information
without explicit permission from the institutions concerned. But then,
getting permission, checking the data, taking it step by step, seems
like a positive thing to be doing. Just my 2p though!


* see eg https://www.out-law.com/page-5698

2017-12-18 13:15 GMT+00:00  <paulmgillard at gmail.com>:
> Hi,
> Reading all the talk of Walmart and Shell imports recently got me to wondering why we can't be doing more of this kind of thing.
> If store data can be pulled from directly from a company's public facing website ('store finder' page) is there any reason we can't do such imports without discussion with/permission from the company concerned?
> Paul
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