[Loadstone] Openstreetmap

monty at loadstone-gps.com monty at loadstone-gps.com
Tue Jul 7 07:28:18 BST 2009

Well put Rob!

On Tue, 7 Jul 2009, Rob Melchers wrote:

> All the food in the world is for free. Nobody prevents you to grow your own 
> potatoes, vegetables, bananas or coconuts. All the consumer products are for 
> free. Nobody says it's illegal to build your own bicycle, car, television set 
> or mobile phone. All the digital maps are for free. Nobody prevents you to 
> grab Loadstone-GPS and a GPS receiver to take off and map the world. However, 
> if you are not able to do all this work, it's only fair to pay the people that 
> do it for you, unless these people have stated that their labour is free. This 
> is the principle of trade and most honest inhabitants of this planet have 
> subscribed to it.
> Rob
> "Since this was raised and just for discussion:  Why would providing access
> to persons with visual impairments to otherwise inaccessible materials (such
> as Garmin maps, Nokia maps, etc. maps) be a legitimate "fair use exception"
> to possible copyrighted information which is contained within the public
> domain and publicly and readily available on the internet?  e.g. Copyrighted
> books made available to persons with visual impairment on tape, etc. are not
> considered illegal.  I am not seeing a distinction with copyrighted digital
> maps being made accessible for like purposes for education of similar
> persons for the purpose of educating persons with disabilities to public
> streets/information."
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