[OSM-talk-ie] (Out of) copyright maps in Ireland

Patrick Casey pcasey at compuserve.com
Thu Sep 3 16:03:26 BST 2009

The 1830-40 OS maps of Ireland are out of copyright in the sense that you
can go into the National Archives and pick an 1842 map out of a drawer and
copy it without infringing copyright. However, what the OSI offer on their
website is another thing because they are not selling you the original maps
but maps with added value, e.g. they are digitalised images. That's how all
these reproducers of old material start the copyright clock again - either
by supplying a digitalised file or adding some annotations or whatever.


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[mailto:talk-ie-bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Karl Grant
Sent: 03 September 2009 16:09
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Subject: [OSM-talk-ie] (Out of) copyright maps in Ireland

Hi all,
Just trying to figure out if I can use old maps as a base for OSM. During my

research I have found an OSI site www.irishhistoricmaps.ie which provides
same (pre 1900) for sale. But its terms state that all maps are copyright of


I found this in the Statute book
     36.-Sections 24 to 35 shall not apply to Government or Oireachtas 
copyright or to the copyright of prescribed international organisations.
End Quote


(4) Government copyright in a work shall expire 50 years from the end of the

calendar year in which the work was made.

Anyone got any more information on this?

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