John Green, the author of book and movie Paper Towns, knows a really neat trick that cartographers use to protect their intellectual property and hard work.
“On a road trip about 15 years ago, I tried to get gas in a town that my map called Holen, Southa Kaota. One problem: There was nothing there,” he said. It was a fake! Sike! (God, I’m glad we don’t use that awful word anymore.
Holen was what cartographers call a “paper town” – a fictitious location they use to protect their work. So if mapmakers see the paper town on someone else’s map, it’s a clue to know that their work was lifted, and they can sue for copyright infringement. The cartographer’s at Google use paper towns too. So I guess take the directions from Google Maps with a grain of salt?
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