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however, it's been ruled by the courts that phone books are not copywritable because they are just unoriginal listings of facts.
Reconciliation between CC and ODC
Posted Jan 23, 2011 20:19 UTC (Sun) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
a phone book includes addresses, which is map data, according to you, this is as good as bing a map.
A phone book doesn't really contain any map information, nor can you extract map information from it. So I don't think it is a map, and that is why it does not fall under the copyrightability of maps.
I didn't mean to imply that any collection of facts about the real world or about addresses or location of objects is automatically considered a map.
Posted Jan 24, 2011 1:17 UTC (Mon) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
however, what is in doubt is if a list of the 'chosen features of the real world' without the 'schematic representation' or the step of being 'transformed into an abstract geometric space' is copyrightable
the OSM database isn't the representation, it's the list of features of the real world. in other words, a list of facts
Posted Jan 24, 2011 11:28 UTC (Mon) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
Posted Jan 24, 2011 15:13 UTC (Mon) by an+h0ny (guest, #72530)
While I believe epa answered this question (OSM *does* have these things), I also have to beg to differ that a list of chosen features of the real world is not copyrightable.
Copyrightability requires creative arrangement *or* selection (*or* both). A selection of facts about the world which are useful for creating a map would, in itself, be copyrightable in the US, because it takes human creativity to decide which facts are useful and which are not.
Now, that said, go back to epa's answer and take a look some time at OSM. Or just take a look at the database schema (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Database_schema). The basic building blocks of the OSM database are not "facts", they're "nodes" (points), "ways" (lines), and "relations" (which, among other things, can represent polygons). Go to http://www.openstreetmap.org/ and edit things a bit. The software (Potlatch) does not ask for a list of facts, it provides a canvas on which you can draw things.
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