[npemap-talk] Postcodes & copyright

Russ Phillips russ at phillipsuk.org
Mon Jan 26 11:37:27 GMT 2009

I have a question. I like the efforts made to collect postcode data by
NPE and Free the Postcode, and have contributed data to all three
projects. However, I don't understand why collecting postcode data
through sites like NPE and Free the Postcode is not infringing Royal
Mail's copyright. When I added my postcode to Free the Postcode, the
co-ordinates came from my GPS, and I got the postcode from the
previous owners, but it must ultimately have come from the Royal Mail.

I don't understand why I did not violate the Royal Mail's copyright,
but why getting the postcodes from OSM & search engines (as was
previously suggested) would violate copyright.

Can anyone explain the difference?


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