[Openstreetmap] public domain in USA

Zebedee Mason zebmason at f2s.com
Tue Dec 13 19:50:52 GMT 2005


My experience of US government free product is that it is only free to 
Americans, and that there are export conditions for everyone else.

Immanuel Scholz wrote:

>Hi,
>
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>>I have a boatload of very high resolution aerials of the Southern
>>Indiana and North Central Kentucky Area.  These are public domain and
>>are already geo-referenced.  How do I go about getting these added to
>>the OSM dataset?
>>    
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>I assume they are public domain because made by government people living
>in the USA?
>
>I already wanted to ask the "legal department" of OSM: Are information
>(e.g. maps), which are public domain within the USA are allowed as
>reference to draw a map in OSM with? As copyright is a national law, some
>countries does not have a "public domain" at all (germany) and stuff that
>is public domain in countries may not be in other countries.
>
>As example, german wikipedia allows such pictures to be used, but remindes
>that the legal status of this documents outside the USA is not that
>crystal clear.. It has a special copyright tag for this public-domain-data
>("free because made of a gouvernment within USA"), maybe because they can
>easily delete all this data if the legal status turns out to be
>copyrighted outside the USA? Maybe not?
>
>Any comments? (My comment is: allow them.)
>
>
>Ciao, Imi.
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