[OSM-talk] FCC public documents license and submarine cables mapping

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Sun Apr 14 07:33:50 UTC 2019

de minimis is applicable in cases where copyrighted content is unimportant addition to

it certainly does not apply in case where you copy solely that content

For example de minimis apply if you take photo and there is a movie poster in the

It stops to apply once you crop to show solely that copyrighted poster.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:De_minimis <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:De_minimis> has fairly good introduction

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GT2_-_Flickr_-_CarSpotter.jpg <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GT2_-_Flickr_-_CarSpotter.jpg>
where de minims appply
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Dark_Knight_movie_poster_-_censored_copyright.jpg <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Dark_Knight_movie_poster_-_censored_copyright.jpg>
where it likely no longer applies


"data is low quality" is not waiving copyright.

Apr 14, 2019, 7:39 AM by talk at openstreetmap.org:

> The linked document was filed by GN's attorneys, submitted to the FCC, not authored by the FCC. That said, the level of detail on the map is so small that I personally would deem any copying de minimus. 
> On Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 11:30 PM Clifford Snow <> clifford at snowandsnow.us <mailto:clifford at snowandsnow.us>> > wrote:
>> François,
>> The US FCC should be public domain unless otherwise indicated. 
>> Best,
>> Clifford
>> On Sat, Apr 13, 2019 at 7:48 AM François Lacombe <>> fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com <mailto:fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com>>> > wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Google is currently rolling out several submarine telecommunication cable systems and Amercian FCC actually publishes application documents describing them.
>>> Such one regards the Dunant system between Virginia Beach and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez in France
>>> https://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=1650796 <https://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=1650796>
>>> As the application document shows maps of landings and global Atlantic Ocean route, I'm technically able to add it to OSM as several other submarine systems already exists there.
>>> Are you aware of license issues regarding FCC documents which would prevent us to take data from them?
>>> All the best
>>> François
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