Lee Elliott wrote:

I'm pretty sure that information/data can't be copyrighted - but the design of the presentation of the information/data can.

I hope not, but every country has its own (bizarre) laws about this kind of thing -- for example, in Commonwealth countries, including Canada and Australia, the Book of Common Prayer has a perpetual copyright in the name of the Queen. Jeppesen does draw its own approach plates, updated based on the information in the Australian AIP (I'd assume), so it really looks like a data grab from the little I've seen so far.

Before I bash Oz any more, I'll repeat the problem that Garmin had with my own government recently. The Garmin 296 handheld GPS includes terrain obstructions (such as towers), which could save of lives; however, the Canadian government refused to provide obstruction information for Canada unless they got a royalty for each unit sold -- as a result, Canadian pilots do not see towers displayed on their Garmin 296 units, and at least a few will likely crash in the next few years as a result, costing the Canadian government millions in search and rescue, medical bills, lost taxes, etc. etc.


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