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Posted by maning on 7 February 2011 in English (English)

You can't create maps in Florida unless you are a licensed surveyor!
http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2011-February/008562.html

Comment from z-dude on 7 February 2011 at 03:02

Only Outlaws use GPS's.

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Comment from davespod on 7 February 2011 at 15:14

Wow! Never mind GPS surveys, if the author is right, they have outlawed just about all unlicensed GIS activity - even tracing orthophotos! I am not surprised when I hear suggestions OSM could be illegal in China, but _Florida_?

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Comment from chriscf on 7 February 2011 at 17:16

For anyone outside the profession, a straightforward response refusing their authority should be enough to send them on their way. If I were challenged by some cartographic body in my neck of the woods because I drew someone a diagram giving directions, I'd tell said body where to go.

I strongly suspect that a licensing body deciding by itself to expand its own scope in such a manner is beyond their powers, and demanding a licence for such a broad range of activity could be unconstitutional in the US. It would be like the General Medical Council saying that I can't apply a sticking plaster to my own finger after a paper cut.

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Comment from Sundance on 7 February 2011 at 17:45

Good thing I don't live in Florida, because I guess a broke a law, decided to clean up a bit of the area near the state capital. The streets are aligned pretty well just added some detail.

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