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Offline rschen7754

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Re: Clinched Routes Highway Shields
« Reply #60 on: February 06, 2017, 12:26:27 am »
How should we handle foreign (i.e. non-US) copyright for the shields?

This isn't something we generally have to worry about for most countries, because either the government explicitly releases the shields into public domain, or it's a colored rectangle with text that you can't copyright.

Example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_national_highway_template.svg. The file was created by an American, is hosted on American servers, and under US copyright law cannot be copyrighted since it is too simple (the threshold of originality in the US is very high - see the more complex images at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Threshold_of_originality#United_States that are considered public domain). However, Australian copyright law differs and it would be considered copyrighted in Australia.

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Re: Clinched Routes Highway Shields
« Reply #61 on: March 14, 2017, 09:14:49 pm »
Firstly, I would think that as a US-based site US law would govern.

Secondly, I would think that the use of a route shield to refer to the route in question would have to fall under fair use even if the design itself is copyrighted (presumably to prevent its use in other contexts, e.g. Route 22 Pizza can't use Route 22 shields on their sign).

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Re: Clinched Routes Highway Shields
« Reply #62 on: March 14, 2017, 10:48:35 pm »
I would think that usually the worst that can possibly happen is a request/demand for us to take down our route marker images.

Countries like North Korea might be another story. Since I think shields are "nice but not necessary" (actually, just from my standpoint, not very important at all), I think we can not bother doing shields for such countries.

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Re: Clinched Routes Highway Shields
« Reply #63 on: March 15, 2017, 12:13:09 am »
Countries like North Korea might be another story.
Does North Korea even have a signed highway system?
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Re: Clinched Routes Highway Shields
« Reply #64 on: March 15, 2017, 07:51:55 am »
Does North Korea even have a signed highway system?
It has Asian highways, but otherwise no.