Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:17AM
I have a question regarding maps copyright - answers and pointers are highly appreciated. A client wants to publish a history book, for which she would need some general maps of Europe, that refflect the ever changing nature of the borders. I can draw the maps, but i want to make sure there will be no coyright issues - so, which reference maps should I use? Is it ok if I trace a creative common map of Europe (where can I find those?), and then use a compilation of historical references for the borders?
(Edited on 2013-04-19 03:11:27 by Mastara)
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:58AM
Any map you copy or trace will be considered derivative under most laws. That also goes for any other media such as pictures, illustrations etc.
You have a few options here. You can take your chances on many of the so called free maps on the internet, just google free maps. The problem with these is that just like the many free font sites out there, there are no clear author sources and the specific use limitations. Sure they are free but for what?
You can also purchase royalty free or rights managed maps, there are plenty here on istock, and abide by the specific usage guidelines. You can also find many out there for a price. Most licenses cover about One million pieces but you can always re-purchase the license.
If you want to sketch a @#&%^$#*&^&%$ no one would ever know but you would still be in violation of copyright laws.
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:10AM
Thank you! well - i'm fine with buying from istock - that for the general map. The problem comes afterward - say I look at other historical maps and draw the borders from there (I'm not literally tracing the maps, but the border is specific). Is that ok? Is it acceptable? Is it mucky (is this even a phrase?) water? Should I not be using other maps, but drawing from text O.O?
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:24AM
There are many historic maps that are public domain.
Here's something that might help
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:56AM
You might have luck going to your library and finding what you need in books/atlases (like those suggested on Zuki's wiki link). Then making copies that you can then scan and trace.
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:21PM
I just sent you a site mail with a link that may help you out.