Ordnance Survey vs the KGB: A fight worth watching

Following on from yesterday’s post, I came across this interesting article in the Register describing the first-ever sale of detailed digital maps of the UK created by Russia’s KGB between 1950 and 1990.

What’s interesting is that the KGB maps are more detailed than the OS maps because they are not censored. The KGB came up with the maps using satellites and spies on the ground. Even so, that hasn’t stopped the greedy and aggressive OS from claiming copyright over the maps. The OS alleges the Soviets ‘adapted’ the maps from OS material.

Hmm…English mapping nasties versus the KGB? Never thought I’d be cheering for the Russian secret service.

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