[WikiEN-l] Copyright status of GPS coordinates

Ben Lowe ben.lowe at gmail.com
Thu May 11 14:14:08 UTC 2006

I'm sure a lawyer such as Mr. Abramson or a font of knowledge such as Mr.
Smith can confirm this, but it is my understanding that lists of factual
information are ineligible for copyright; a work must be an "original work
of authorship."  Phone books, for instance, are not eligible for copyright.
I would imagine this list falls under the same blanket of ineligibility (an
insecurity blanket?).


On 5/11/06, Anthony DiPierro <wikilegal at inbox.org> wrote:
> On 5/11/06, Steve Bennett <stevage at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > This site http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=9179 says "Do
> > not re-post this data on other web sites without permission of the
> > submitter." My question is, are GPS coords subject to copyright? Are
> > we not entitled to republish interesting coords on the basis that they
> > are "information" rather than an "expression"?
> >
> One GPS coordinate isn't subject to copyright.  A collection of ones
> that someone finds interesting probably is.
> Anthony
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