[OSM-talk] Breach of Copyright?
davefox at madasafish.com
Thu Oct 1 01:45:16 BST 2009
Russ Nelson wrote:
> Dave F. writes:
> > I look for /indications /of rights of way on my OS map. Initially this
> > is the only evidence I have.
> > If I see it's not indicated in OSM I go & walk it.
> > I'm pretty certain I'm not the only one who does this.
> > Is this a breach of copyright?
> Not in the US. Not in any way, not at all. Copyright in the US
> protects creative expression, not information. If something is a
> representation of a fact, the creative elements of that representation
> are copyrightable. The fact is not copyrightable. You are using the
> OSM maps in a manner which is non-infringing under US law.
> Further, under US law, if there is only one way to express something,
> you cannot claim a copyright on it, even if you can show that you
> exercised creativity in creating it.
> Now, you *can* claim a copyright on a collection of facts, but the
> copyright applies to the collection, not the individual facts. Your
> creativity was applied to the choice of which facts to include in the
> Obviously you are in the UK making reference to a work under UK
> copyright, so none of this applies to you. I merely put this here so
> that people in the US understand that they CAN do what you are doing.
Oh to live in in the land of the free. :-)
Thanks for your reply.
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