Can you copyright POI's?


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I have seen many places where you can download POI's many of them are free sites, it usually has some form of copyright message. Can people actually copyright information such as a location? What if I download a POI file then add or amend data in that POI file does that constitute infringement of copyright or does it become my property if I modify the data?

One of the reasons I am asking is that a site I used to belong to has now started charging a subscription, data was put on the site by other members, somebody on the site created a set of POI's for the different satnavs & made this available for all members at the time.

Personally I don't agree with somebody trying to own information such as this when it was just collected from various sources or even if the data was all their own work.
 
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Are they charging for the data itself or for the large amount of work they have put into assembling the data?
 
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You are posting in a thread that is 5 years old, oldun. Doubt you'll get an answer.
 

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