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[aprssig] APRS being integrated into weather radar application

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Wed Sep 7 20:59:19 UTC 2005


On Sep 7, 2005, at 4:46 PM, A.J. Farmer (AJ3U) wrote:
> I don't mind the weather service using this information for protection
> of life and property, but a private company using this data to turn a
> profit, I have a problem with.
 From what I gather, this is just a minor added feature onto an  
existing product. However, even if it were to be a separate service  
which made obscene amounts of money, there is nothing you could do  
about it, because it is completely legal. The APRS-IS data exists in  
the public domain, and therefore there are no restrictions that can  
be placed on it. Any hub operator could prevent access, but they  
could just go to another hub.

Just to be clear, I am completely in favor of this, anything that  
promotes awareness and increases usefulness of APRS is a good thing.  
Even if no other hub operator would provide them with service, I'd  
offer them a hub connection at findU.

I would hope that they respect the x-no-archive (or !x!) flag that  
findU does to allow people to opt-out of archiving of their data, but  
they are under no legal obligation to do so.

Steve K4HG




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