Too Much Free Time

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, postal data, uk

Companies:
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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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2009 @ 12:29am

    Great story Mike, unfortunately you seem to have added a bunch of "Masnick facts" to perhaps make more of asplash ?
    e.g. the real story :
    * has nothing to do with "crown copyright"

    * might have legitimate legal basis "Harry Metcalfe, co-founder of Ernestmarples.com, declined to say how it got access to the postcode data."

    * there are other sources of postcode data available although they might not be so accurate.

    You'll never replace real journalism with this approach.

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