[OSM-talk] amenity=doctor or amenity=doctors ? [tagging]

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Wed Feb 25 13:28:43 GMT 2009

>> Fwiw - I hold the view that the OS cannot own the status in any way as 
it is
>> the Highway Authority that decides / maintains the status. The only way 
>> OS even know about the status is by the Highway Authority telling them 
- as
>> they do (and a few years later the OS *might* amend their mapping! -

>But you are overlooking Database Copyright. It's not the individual 
>facts, but the way in which they are collated as a collection that is 
>copyrightable. So if you are taking the information off their map, you 
>are, in effect, ripping off their database.

Is that true though? The path status is a *separate layer* on top of the 
OS map. So are you saying that the OS copyright of the underlying map is 
somehow spreading to (in a GPL-like way, but obviously not coming from a 
GPL standpoint!) the council-owned, and public domain, path status data?


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