We are now finishing an thematic world atlas on which I have worked for the last 2½ years. We are doing the French and English version simultaneously and it's meant to be translated in a number of foreign languages.
Sometimes, when I don't have the place to put the entire name of a country or to identify the country who "owns" a territory, I have to put the ISO code instead. So, we have "Greenland (DK)" or "BIH" instead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I know well that it's not always easy to decode (Croatia's code is HRV...), but it allows us to have an unique identifier no matter what is the language since it's from the International Standardization Organisation.
Like they say themselves: The existence of various country codes developed by different organizations can be confusing if you exchange goods or information in our ever more integrated world. To make sure that communication works you need an accepted, up-to-date country code standard. and it's the reason why we chose it.
I though it was settled, but I just visited their website to chech something and found this statement:
All rights reserved. The material on ISO Online is subject to the same conditions of copyright as ISO publications, and its use is subject to the user's acceptance of ISO's conditions of copyright for ISO publications, as set out below. Any use of the material, including reproduction in whole or in part to another Internet site, requires permission in writing from ISO.
All ISO publications are protected by copyright. Therefore and unless otherwise specified, no part of an ISO publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilm, scanning, without permission in writing from the publisher.
What do you think? Is our utilisation of the codes on our maps illegal? If we put a list with the mention of the ISO, is it ok? Both my head and my heart tell me that we couldn't use it, but my 3 weeks deadline tells me that it would be the worst 3 weeks of my existence if I had to change everything because I already don't have enough time to re-check everything like I should...