[Talk-us] Tiger Street Names and Copyright
aschoell at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 21:47:04 GMT 2009
Google, Yahoo, .... don't match in a lot of cases. Google uses Tele
Atlas data which is obviously derived from same sources as Tiger and
often completely outdated, in wrong places ....
On 1 Feb 2009, at 13:36 , Ian Dees wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 3:25 PM, <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> Hilton Long said:
> > Tiger line files are incomplete, especially as regards streets in
> > developments. It's possible to draw the streets from Yahoo
> imagery. But
> > where to get the names? Must they come off of street signs? Is
> it a
> > violation of copyright to take the names (and ONLY the names) from
> > Yahoo, or Microsoft Maps?
> It is absolutely a violation of copyright to take street names from
> copyright maps.
> That's incorrect. As discussed previously on one of the other OSM e-
> mail lists , the US Supreme Court ruled long ago  that facts
> are not copyrightable. Street names are not copyrightable because
> they are facts. Google Maps and similar do not add any creative
> spark specifically to street names so the street names are not
> copyrightable. On the other hand, the street centerline data is
> copyrightable because Google is adding a spark of creativity to the
> factual data.
>  http://firstname.lastname@example.org/
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feist_Publications_v._Rural_Telephone_Service
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