Tue, 14 Nov 2000 16:25:07 +0100
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On Thu, Nov 02, 2000 at 01:26:36PM +0100, Janko Hauser wrote:
> Would it be possible to use the proprietary data to correct some
> other, less accurate, but freely available data and publish the errors
> together with the free data?=20
A late follow up on this:
Yes I think this is possible depending on how much of the proprietory
information you are using. Most copyright laws do have fair use rights
for everybody which allows you to reuse the information to create your
Wether this interferes with the rights of the copyright holder,
depends on how you use the information and how muhc of the information
Just looking at a proprietory map and correcting errors in free data=20
should be covered by fair use (but this is no legal advice because IANAL).
> This is not a general solution, but there
> needs to be some incident, which serves as a starting point to discuss
> this with officials.
> Just a devils thought at a bright autumn afternoon :-)
> Markus Neteler writes:
> > well, the point is that you can't even get the digital boundaries of
> > Germany for free. For me that's unacceptable. I tried to contact the
> > "Statistisches Bundesamt", of course without response. They have proud=
> > announced their new online shop for data, but I won't pay for such
> > maps (of general interest) if they have been paid by taxes already.
> > At least a minimum dataset of European data should be available for
> > download from governmental web sites.
> > Concerning the top50 CD: I guess you are not allowed to publish any
> > results of your thesis without the permission of the cdrom producers
> > (will be LGN, Hannover). Usually they will charge you again... :-(
> > Well, my opinion about the map policies here in Germany is quite bad.
> > Same think with climate data: You cannot get anything. But if I want
> > full climate data from India, I can download for free (yes, tons of da=
> > As I am teaching GIS here at university, I am facing this data problem
> > regularly. Ideas are welcome!
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