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(Daily Mail)   Some one call JJ Abrams, we've found the Island   ( divider line
    More: Strange, J. J. Abrams, Google Earth, Pacific, Google, Bing Maps, nautical chart, Danny Dorling, research vessel  
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25293 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Nov 2012 at 8:27 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-23 11:43:02 PM  

CreamFilling: Securitywyrm: I can explain what it is, but first a question. How do you copyright a map? After all, you're representing what is there, so anyone else can just copy your map and claim they also just represented what was there. The answer is to create a few 'false' items in the map. A fake street here, a cul-de-sac there, and thus if these features show up on anyone else's map, they're busted for stealing your map.
Now, geographic data is the same. All that information is copyrighted, but you can't copyright the source of the data. Thus they stuck an island in the middle of nowhere, and anyone who has that island on their map has thus infringed on the copyright of the map. The reason it 'disappears when you zoom in close' is that it switches from one set of map data to another (more detailed), and only that top layer had the copyright marker island.

Sure, but do we actually expect every mapmaker to go out there and collect original data?

Only if they want to claim their work is 'original' and thus protected under copyright.
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