Canadian Postal Code Database (v1.0)
Data Records: 765,344
Notes: This database is a few years old and I've had reports of a
missing postal code now and then. If you find any, let me know.
We were recently contacted by a representative from Canada Post and asked to take our crowd sourced database offline. It seems that Canada Post believes they own the copyright to all Canadian postal codes. You can read a copy of the letter they sent here
They also followed up with a phone call and didn't seem to care that the database was crowd sourced. The gentleman I spoke with was very clear that he felt Canada Post owns the copyright on all postal codes.
Personally I feel like never using a postal code when I send mail ever again.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact him:
Manager, Commercial Data Governance
Data Products and Services
2701 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0B1
Phone: 613-734-3000 x.55401
It appears as though Slashdot.org also has a story about this. You can find it here:
[Slashdot News Article]
Other interesting links:
Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowdsourced Postal Code Database
Tele-Direct (Publications) Inc. v. American Business Information, Inc.,  2 FC 22
I guess we'll let someone else (hopefully with deeper pockets) fight this in court. But for now the database is offline.
Sorry people. If any of you hear about Canada Post losing their case please contact us.
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