[WikiEN-l] Copyright status of GPS coordinates

Anthony DiPierro wikilegal at inbox.org
Fri May 12 10:44:05 UTC 2006

On 5/12/06, Ray Saintonge <saintonge at telus.net> wrote:
> Steve Bennett wrote:
> >In this case, it's not necessarily a question of "lists" per se. On
> >the original website, each monolithic site is a subpage, and has a GPS
> >coordinate amongst other info. In the wikipedia article, we have a few
> >different sites listed, not as a "list" but sorted by type, with text
> >and so forth. I would simply want to add the relevant coordinates (if
> >useful) for those sites that we already have listed.
> >
> >Yeah, it does seem like pretty reasonable research doesn't it. Even if
> >they would complain that they went to all the effort of looking up the
> >coordinates on a map.
> >
> In other words the selection was made before the source of GPS
> co-ordinates was consulted.  That would point strongly in favour of
> public domain information.
Sounds right to me.  I was basing my answer on the selection being the
copyrighted aspect.  If the selection has already been made through
some other mechanism which avoids copyright infringement, then the
collection copyright doesn't matter.


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