[Foundation-l] Copyrighted maps and Derived works from copyrighted sources.

WJhonson at aol.com WJhonson at aol.com
Wed Mar 31 19:58:16 UTC 2010

In a message dated 3/31/2010 12:21:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com writes:

> In openstreetmap we are not allowed to import the positions of items
> based on the locations in wikipedia because they are derived from
> geoeye/googlemaps for the most part. So there is a rift between what
> is supposedly creative commons and what is really creative commons.
> Basically wikipedia is turning into a minefield of copyrighted material.>>

Are you suggesting that the mechanical determination of a longitute and 
latitude of some object is copyrightable material?  I.E. it's "position" is 

Or am I reading this wrong?  Perhaps you're suggesting merely that the map, 
as an entirety is copyrightable.


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