Postal code lookups on websites

by Walter Olson on May 8, 2013

“Canada Post — a failing, state-owned Crown Corporation — not only claims a copyright on the database of postal codes (a collection of facts, and not the sort of thing that usually attracts copyright). They also claim a trademark on the words ‘postal code,’ and have sent legal threats to websites that use the words factually, to describe actual postal codes.” (U.S. = zipcodes) [Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing; Eruci]

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1 John Stewart 05.09.13 at 5:14 pm

They say he ‘appropriated’. What was the method and apparatus used to appropriate? Maybe that can also be copyrighted if it required as much skill and judgement as creating a postal code did.

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