[Freegis-list] INSPIRE directive on the way to enforce copyright on state-collected geo data

Benjamin Henrion bh at udev.org
Wed Jan 4 13:51:53 CET 2006

Hi all,

I exchanged several mails with the MEP rapporter on INSPIRE directive to
know her position on copyright issues and amendments.

It will not be possible to introduce new amendments in second reading as
far as I can see, so if the INSPIRE directive is adopted, this one will
enforce copyright on state-collected geo data in all member states of
the EU.

The Council has reached a majority in supporting copyright for
state-collected geo data, and this issue of Public Domain Vs strong
copyright has not been discussed by civil society organisations.

If this directive will go through without any resistance from the civil
society or the industry, you can forget about geo-data in the public
domain for the future.

Benjamin Henrion <bh at udev.org>
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