|Posts: 1Joined: 26 May 2008, 14:29
Currently all uploaded paths are shown as copyrighted by the user who uploaded them.
There should be the possibility to specify a license for every path. For example, a drop down menu with the items "Copyrighted", "GFDL", "CC-by (Creative Commons attribution)", "CC-by-sa (Creative Commons attribution-share alike)".
There should also be the possibility to search for paths according to their licenses, so that you could search only for free paths, for example.
|Posts: 4Joined: 18 Sep 2009, 18:51
If someone follows a marked trail or goes hiking with a guide and posts the trail afterwards on this side, (s)he can't claim ownership over the trail, but only over the posting, the description, the pictures etc.
Many nature parks, reserves or other hiking destinations have trails that you are not allowed to deviate from, so even if there is not a marked trail, following any trail and posting about it might even be a copyright violation.
Giving away a license for the trail that you can't really claim to be your is therefore a rather difficult thing.
I've posted over 30 hikes in Timor-Leste for places where no other hikes were posted on this side of other places (as far as I could find out), but I used old paper maps, Google Earth and asking around (and my legs) to to find the trails. So do I now own these trails? Can no one publish hikes that (partially) match the hikes I've posted?
I do agree that I would like people to enjoy the hikes as much as possible, but I would like it a lot less if someone was making money simply copying my tracks and publishing them.
Maybe a fellow hiker/biker/kanoe-er/etc that's also a lawyer can give a more definitive answer on this subject?