[Freegis-list] RE: Does Map data qualify under GNU/GPL?
jvarga at boulder.net
Fri Aug 8 12:33:03 CEST 2003
GPL applies specifically to "programs or other work". It does not,
however, specifically state anything about data, but I presume data
could fall under the realm of "other work."
First term of GPL:
0. This License applies to any program or other work which contains a
notice placed by the copyright holder saying it may be distributed under
the terms of this General Public License. The "Program", below, refers
to any such program or work, and a "work based on the Program" means
either the Program or any derivative work under copyright law: that is
to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it, either
verbatim or with modifications and/or translated into another language.
(Hereinafter, translation is included without limitation in the term
"modification".) Each licensee is addressed as "you".
Write rms at gnu.org or gnu at gnu.org. They're pretty good about responding
to such inquiries. If neither GPL or LGPL covers data, they might be
able to direct you to a similar license that does. Good question.
Please share your response with all of us.
YC Nyon wrote:
>We are a group of GPS enthusiast who are collecting road tracks. This will
>then be processed to PDA and GIS friendly formats.
>Is there any category on the GNU that is for data rather than software
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