Posted Nov 25, 2010 8:59 UTC (Thu) by epa
In reply to: OpenStreetMap licence?
Parent article: Microsoft helping OpenStreetMap
Feel free to, for example, copy the fact that Oslo is capitol of Norway from a map, from a encyclopedia, from any other copyrighted work. That fact is not, and can not be, copyrighted.
Yes, and it's absolutely bananas to treat that as a bug, and attempt to restrict distribution of such 'mere facts' by putting magic text in a licence document, turning it into an EULA (which is nonetheless still not enforceable, since nobody need agree to it).
This misguided effort has been driven by the idea that since facts like the capital of Norway are not subject to copyright, somehow the entire map is not subject to it, simply because it is stored electronically in machine-readable form.
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