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

SteveC steve at fractalus.com
Sat Aug 20 19:45:07 UTC 2005

* @ 20/08/05 08:02:36 PM richard at systemeD.net wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.cartography.org.uk/Pages/Membership/DesignG/Copyrit5.html
> http://www.cartography.org.uk/Pages/Membership/DesignG/Arch_3.html
> 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'll wait for the test case to pass through the Supreme Court. :-)

> http://www.cartography.org.uk/Pages/Membership/DesignG/Copyrit1.html
> 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!

Which is not only copyright Getmapping, but also the OS.

have fun,

SteveC steve at fractalus.com http://www.fractalus.com/steve/

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