[odc-discuss] Copyright status of OSM map data
eda at waniasset.com
Thu Jan 26 16:13:36 UTC 2012
I asked Cathy Gellis to comment and she wrote:
>The criticism of the City of New York case is fair. It does seem like a
>somewhat inconsistent result, and many copyright scholars have criticized it.
>(It is, however, one of the few electronic mapping cases, and in that respect is
>probably sound in showing that digitization doesn't preclude copyright.)
>But the other criticism seems to misunderstand the earlier precedent, being
>focused on what is being labeled rather than THAT it is being labeled. That's
>where the discretion is.
I asked her to clarify by asking whether she is referring to the idea-expression
>>OSM map data is not the set of all possible geographic facts about an
>>area. There is some selection and arrangement in choosing which facts
>>to map - is that what you mean?
(I believe others have made this point in the past.)
Ed Avis <eda at waniasset.com>
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