[geo-discuss] Re: Fwd: [ordnancemaps] Soviet Military Maps of UK

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Sat Aug 20 19:02:36 UTC 2005

On 20 Aug 2005, at 19:26, Rufus Pollock wrote:

> [Moving to discuss as this seems a more appropriate]

You beat me to it - Jo had just suggested I do the same. :)

> Richard Fairhurst wrote:
>> Here's one from the Ordnance Survey discussion list (not OS 
>> politics/licensing, rather the study and collection of OS maps).
>> The Soviet military maps represent an interesting potential source 
>> for free geodata. OS has laid claim to partial copyright, and made 
>> what (to me) sounded like quite a convincing case. But the message 
>> below suggests there may be more to it than that.
> What was their case? That the Russians took the data from the OS? What 
> is the copyright status of Russian maps in general?

Yes, that's what they said. See:

All the pages in that series are worth reading. On another page, 
there's the suggestion that there are no copyright issues whatsoever in 
creating "derived works" from aerial photographs:


I'd like to seek further advice on that, but if true, I'd advise 
everyone to snap up a copy of the Getmapping aerial atlas of England!


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