[OSM-talk] BSD/CC-by/LGPL vs. SharedAlike - decide now and forever

Colin Mackay colin.mackay at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 10:28:01 GMT 2006

Playing devil's advocate: What about the creative expression of the user to
move the GPS receiver in a specific pattern in order for the device to
generate said statistics? How is that different from, say, moving a stylus
over a graphics tablet in order to draw a picture? Surely the result
generated in that way are also "raw data" (especially in a vector drawing


On 24/03/06, Ben Gimpert <ben at somethingmodern.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 01:08:29AM +0000, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> > P.S. thought for the day - are raw GPS tracks even copyrightable under
> > UK law? I don't really want to think about that one...
> Here there be dragons...
> Automatically generated statistics are "raw data," and lack any creative
> expression.  In addition, there is no original document that could even
> potentially be reverse-derived.  So wearing my US-centric IANAL hat -- I
> would assume zero protection for raw GPS tracks.
>                Ben
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