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

Schuyler Erle schuyler at nocat.net
Sat Aug 20 19:08:14 UTC 2005

* On 20-Aug-2005 at 11:47AM PDT, SteveC said:
> > >
> > >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 
> It's what I would do if I was thousands of miles away, had no money and
> didn't have to respect the copyright.

My suspicions is that VMAP1, although declassified into the public
domain long ago, has never actually been released for a very similar
reason. All FOIA requests on that topic have met with a stony silence
or the vague excuse of "technical reasons".


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