[geo-discuss] [rms at gnu.org: A suggestion for publicgeodata.org]
bh at udev.org
Wed Apr 12 10:31:19 UTC 2006
CrosbieFitch <crosbie at digitalproductions.co.uk> :
> Intellectual property is nevertheless a valid concept.
> It's best to think of it in these terms:
> Publication is the voluntary act of transferring private ownership of IP
> from the author to the public.
> The abominable distortion of the term IP comes when it is suggested that the
> author retains ownership after publication.
> This has never been the case. Copyright was designed to encourage such
> ownership transfers by granting the author a monopoly over
> publication/reproduction for a limited period of time.
It might be useful to precise the IP term in the current
debate/directive by copyright. I do not see any other right (maybe
spatial databases?) applying to geo data.
Benjamin Henrion <bh at udev.org>
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