[Talk-us] H. R. 1604 bill looking to force US government to contract out much of its mapping activity

Brian May bmay at mapwise.com
Thu May 9 15:44:32 UTC 2013

On 5/9/2013 9:26 AM, Sean Bartell wrote:
> Works by federal government employees are public domain, but works by
> contractors are not:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_status_of_work_by_the_U.S._government
> Sean Bartell

For the kinds of data we're talking about, practically all data developed under contract to the federal government is public domain. Exceptions would be data like teleatlas or natvtek that they license. For example, the US Census Bureau paid over $200M to contractors (mainly Harris Corp) to update the census streets and associated data for the 2010 census. Its all public domain, unless other restrictions are applied, e.g. the census bureau doesn't release the individual address points they collected due to some kind of privacy law. USGS has been using contractors for years to update their mapping data, and all that data is public domain.

Brian May

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