Posted 17 June 2005 - 02:02 AM
I haven't done anything like this... yet. But I love pranks and games, so perhaps I should!
Posted 17 June 2005 - 12:52 PM
There's a few samples in "How To Lie With Maps" by Mark Monmonier.
I just received this book today and had a quick look at lunch time. I would love my GIS colleagues to read it!
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Posted 17 June 2005 - 06:26 PM
That's really funny. Artists can't resist signing their work in their own way.
A colleague of mine put in his small home town (or settlement) in Norway (50 inhabitants) in his world atlas (on the europe map).
Posted 18 June 2005 - 07:28 AM
AFAIK there are even some companies (mostly road-mapping and the like) who add the odd easter egg as a means of copy protection (stuff like a small lake or a fantasy road). My Prof told me there is even a bunch of lawyers who specialize in lawsuits of that kind, as copying is one of the darker sides of the mapping trade, at least in germany.
Posted 20 June 2005 - 04:51 PM
Having said that I can also tell you that at CSAA we don't incorporate any of these devices. When we have had to identify a map that was copied in violation of copyright, we've been able to determine it by carefully examining the map in question and simply noting various idiosyncrasies like type placement or road alignment.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 01:22 AM
A colleague I worked with had named some unnamed water features on a map after his daughter, only to have it picked up later on "official" sources and be adopted as the generally used name.
Now that's just the coolest...
I can see both sides to this debate. On one hand you want to protect your investment, as there's often a large amount of time and money involved in map production. On the other hand, you don't want to deliver a map that has deliberate errors in it.
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 01:55 PM
In the 1991 Feist case, the Supreme Court decided that compilations of facts may not be the subject of copyright, although the expression of those facts may be subject to copyright. So the presence or absence of a street--even if deliberately falsified--may legally be copied by someone tracing from your map.
The total look of a map, and selectivity (what cities to put on a globe) are still protected, so that photoreproduction is still a violation of copyright. But gleaning facts from other published maps is perfectly legal.
Posted 08 September 2005 - 09:34 AM
I've had the opportunity to add a couple of personal touches to maps, for the company that I used to work for. It was nothing obvious, and it was 'within the rules' of the map production.
The personal touches I added were legend items. For example, I produced a map of California Counties. In the legend, I identified 'Alpine' county as 'County Name' type - Alpine being the name of my cat. I could have chosen any of counties of California (including my home county). Alpine would have no meaning to anyone other than me.
On another map, of California highways, I placed road shields near my home town freeways, for the road shields used in the legend.
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Posted 08 September 2005 - 10:30 AM
Posted 22 September 2005 - 07:04 PM
So...when I found the smiley face among the glacier squiggles in Greenland, I made sure it stayed in the digital version. (Haven't checked newer editions, though.)
Posted 23 September 2005 - 08:38 AM
Look in grid square N1 on Plate 60.
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