Reconciliation between CC and ODC
Posted Jan 13, 2011 17:33 UTC (Thu) by epa
In reply to: Reconciliation between CC and ODC
Parent article: OpenStreetMap's point of no return
Copyright (and therefore CC Licenses) are for protection of creative stuff
I don't think there is anything in the statues referring to 'creative' (though I might be wrong).
Plenty of works describing mere facts are also copyrightable, and if you don't believe me, start photocopying and distributing some paper maps and see how far you get. (Online distribution of the underlying data set, for example one of the many computer-readable map products, would be equally infringing.)
Of course there is no monopoly on the fact itself - you can't sue people just for spreading the knowledge that Main Street joins on to High Road - but no licence can change that.
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