[Fwd: Re: [gnu.org #59134] Re: [Freegis-list] RE: Does Map data
qualify under GNU/GPL?]
jvarga at boulder.net
Tue Aug 12 15:30:17 CEST 2003
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Subject: Re: [gnu.org #59134] Re: [Freegis-list] RE: Does Map data
qualify under GNU/GPL?
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 16:12:12 -0400
From: FSF General Contact Address via RT <info at fsf.org>
Reply-To: info at fsf.org
To: jvarga at boulder.net
On Fri, Aug 08, 2003 at 11:18:48PM -0400, Jack Varga via RT wrote:
> 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."
The GNU General Public License (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html) can
be used for any work that is (a) copyrightable and (b) for which the
concept of "source code" is clearly defined. I'm not sure whether or not
these conditions hold for map data about roads like Nyon described, but if
so, the GNU GPL can be applied to such work.
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