can i sell a map based on a usgs map?
August 14, 2010 10:42 PM   Subscribe

I've created a map based on two usgs 7.5minute topographical maps and years of MY data plotted on them. I think outdoors people would buy this map... Can i Sell it? Do i need permission from the USGS? What is the copyright on a usgs map?

I have contacted the usgs, and am awaiting a response, but was hoping someone in here knows something about this.
posted by Paleoindian to Law & Government (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In general, stuff created by the Federal Government is in the public domain (on the theory that the public paid for it in the first place— the US is unusual in this regard; many countries do not follow this principle). USGS maps do not appear to be an exception.
posted by hattifattener at 11:09 PM on August 14, 2010

USGS maps are public domain. USGS used to sell them to people based on reproduction costs but they've been "freed" and are now available to anyone on the internet. Links: Internet Archive, Libre Map project.
posted by jessamyn at 7:44 AM on August 15, 2010

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