Maps and copywrite infringement?

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Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by scottdog007 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:25 am

On my club website I want to organise trips and so show a pdf document giving info of the trips. But i'm wondering when showing a map of parking and the put-in's get off's etc would I be infringing on copywrite? I guess so. Are there maps I can use where this wouldn't be an issue. Do I just not worry about it?

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Post by Tom_Laws » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:29 am

Lots of solutions...

You could use bing maps or similar on t'internet which have an OS version, print screen that and put it on.

You could use Memory Map and that would do the trick.

You could use google maps, open street map etc.


I don't (want to) know the fine detail of the law, but given that you are using it not for any profit, on your club website, I'm pretty sure you will be totally fine.

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Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by scottdog007 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:59 am

Tom_Laws wrote:......... but given that you are using it not for any profit, on your club website, I'm pretty sure you will be totally fine.
Good point, never thought about that. Nice i'll go with that.

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Post by Pyro » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:11 am

Certainly used to be the case that you could use custom OS extracts linked directly from their Get-a-map service up to a certain size for nothing as long as you displayed a certain "reproduced with the permission of..." statement alongside.

Personally, I do the above and print screen from Memory Map when I'm putting route maps onto my blog.
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Post by TechnoEngineer » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:14 pm

From what I know they really can't be bothered to pursue litigation on this.
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Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by scottdog007 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:32 pm

TechnoEngineer wrote:From what I know they really can't be bothered to pursue litigation on this.
True, but this canoe club is new and will want to do things incorrectly and not upset anyone or any company.

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Post by alexpethybridge » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:35 pm

At University I can photocopy or print 1 Chapter or 10% of a Text (which ever is larger) and use as long as I; don't make a profit, and reference it. As 'Text' covers any published work and the University goes by publishers guidelines as long as you don't sell your pictures and don't upload entire maps I figure you'll be fine.
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Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by Norman Teasdale » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:59 pm

Check out http://www.openstreetmap.org/

Quote from their main page;
OpenStreetMap is a free worldwide map, created by people like you.

The data is free to download and use under its open license. Create a user account to improve the map.
Data coverage can be a bit spotty, but what's there is usually pretty accurate and up to date.

If you have a GPS that records tracks you could even join up and help extend it.

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Post by caveman_si » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:12 pm

Alex at uni those rules usally only apply due to the research/teaching nature of the facility. If you were reproducing it for the wider world then there are other implication.

Scottdog it is unlikley that reproducing any mapping will cause you bother unless its from a specific source that explicitly doesnt allow for reuse. I get some like that for work. But there is a host of maps services out there commercial and open source that you can use no problems. eg Google, open street map, bing, OS open service. It usually only becomes an issue if you start using them for profit or contraversial public issues.

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsi ... ta/viewer/ is also a good site to view all os data on, and if you want you even run it on you website auto opening to get ins out, pubs etc.

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Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by Dave B » Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:31 pm

I use OS mapping from here
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsi ... ndata.html

to do this
http://www.midlandcanals.co.uk/canal/home.htm

With the open data you need to acknowledge the scourse, http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsi ... icence.pdf
also there is some stuff on the open government wed site.

I used a GIS system to map the layers, then create the lines and points. Another less hitech option is to use paper, glue and a scanner.

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Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by alexpethybridge » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:25 pm

caveman_si wrote:Alex at uni those rules usally only apply due to the research/teaching nature of the facility. If you were reproducing it for the wider world then there are other implication.
Huh, thanks for the heads up. :)
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Re: Maps and copywrite infringement?

Post by jriddell » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:01 am

"On my club website I want to organise trips and so show a pdf document giving info of the trips."

Since you are copying images you will need a copyright licence to do this legally. Ordnance Survey maps will charge a fortune for this and they will pursue infringers. It makes no difference if you are commercial or not.

As stated above OpenStreetMap is a project to make maps without restrictive copyright licences. I have adapted these to whitewater use and would welcome more data being added to them. If you want to add more data do ask me how or browse the OSM wiki for details.
http://whitewater.quaker.eu.org/
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Wiki ... water_Maps

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