[openBmap] GSM/GPS logger 0.4.0 is out! (Legal status)

Stroller stroller at stellar.eclipse.co.uk
Wed Jul 29 11:15:15 CEST 2009

On 28 Jul 2009, at 11:35, Patryk Benderz wrote:
> ...
> Hi, did you considered legal side of this work? I mean, do GSM  
> operators
> in all countries allow us to collect these data?

The data is publicly observable, so I don't see how they can claim any  
copyright upon it.

If you're drawing a map & you mark a hill upon it, the farmer who owns  
the hill surely cannot take action against you. (Assume you do not set  
foot upon the property, but estimate location & height of the peak by  
observation & triangulation from other nearby points of known height &  
public accessibility).

I don't see that it could be covered by a user agreement, because cell  
towers advertise their presence to users of other networks.

What legal issues do YOU foresee, in which jurisdictions?


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