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Copyright gets Dumber

April 14, 2012 18:39:30.449

It's not limited to the US - witness Canada Post:

Canada Post has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Geolytica, which operates, a website that provides several geocoding services including free access to a crowdsourced compiled database of Canadian postal codes. Canada Post argues that it is the exclusive copyright holder of all Canadian postal codes and claims that GeoCoder appropriated the database and made unauthorized reproductions.

The company in question crowdsourced the postal codes, but either way - how can a set of postal codes be copyrighted? I'll say it again - abolishing copyright completely would be an improvement over what we have now. It's hardly the best solution, but it does tell you just how bad I think things are now...

posted by James Robertson

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