[Talk-GB] Copyright in OS-derived maps

Edward Bainton bainton.ete at gmail.com
Thu Sep 5 11:24:32 UTC 2019

Ah, I see that was probably just the point Jez was making: I missed the "
*tax* money " in his post. Sorry.

On Thu, 5 Sep 2019 at 12:15, Edward Bainton <bainton.ete at gmail.com> wrote:

> Jez wrote:
> > i'm just trying to get on with my business....using a resource bought
> and paid for with my hard earned tax money....
> My understanding, from a relative who did a lot of lobbying for libraries
> on copyright and data law, is that electronic publishing has caused a total
> revolution in how these things work.
> In the past the map you bought and paid for really was your resource. Fair
> enough, copyright prevented you from just going into business and printing
> off more copies to sell on, or even keep for your own use; but other than
> that you could do what you liked with the property in your hands -
> including trace round the field you want to sell to your neighbour.
> The recent change to electronic everything is that no one ever parts with
> the resource at all - they make it available under licence (= a permission
> to do with something what would ordinarily be forbidden). As a private
> contract that you freely agree to, the licensor can put just about anything
> in the terms they like and courts will enforce that agreement.
> Profit-making business will alway outgun the public/community/charity
> sector in the lobby rounds, so legislation grants only highly restrictive
> public-interest exemptions. In the case of OS that is especially galling,
> given that it was public money that built the map.
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