Too Much Free Time

by Mike Masnick

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copyright, postal data, uk

royal mail

UK Royal Mail Uses Copyright Claim To Shut Down Postal Code Info Online

from the address-not-found dept

One good thing in US copyright law compared to other countries is that we don't allow copyright on pure facts or on gov't produced information. Other countries aren't nearly as good about that, with ridiculous concepts like "Crown Copyright." Over in the UK, for example the Royal Mail has apparently bullied some site for making postal code data available. The info has now been taken offline, as the site claims it doesn't have the legal resources to fight this. The Royal Mail says that it was a violation of its intellectual property, and, of course, wants to license the database of postal codes at a mere £4,000 per year -- a bit steep for smaller community or non-profit sites. So, can anyone explain how copyright makes sense here? Was copyright really the incentive necessary to create postal codes?

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    CAS, 7 Oct 2009 @ 6:35am

    Re: Re:

    It's fine that it's an opinion blog, and it's even fine that he doesn't rigorously fact check.

    But in this case, I think he's re-interpreting the article that he linked to. That's not fact checking, that's actually reading the article.

    It's a key difference that I think is important. I think he's made a lot of great points and has pointed out some interesting things here. The problem is, if I can't trust that he's accurately relayed the details in the linked article how can I trust his conclusions?

    Mike - I'd love to see a response, but I'm sure this comment is hidden under hundreds of others so I've had to resort to talking about you, not to you. Sorry!

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