Places as copyright holders
Argleton, the phantom settlement that mysteriously appeared and disappeared on Google maps four years ago, may have eradicated it’s digital footprint but it’s legacy remains.
First spotted by a professor at the local university, Edge Hill, the town is thought to have been a paper town; a place that is added to a map, but doesn’t exist, in order to keep other mapmakers from crossing copyright laws.
Although the fictitious village saw stardom via a minor media sensation in 2009, and was subsequently removed from Google maps, does inventing a place to catch copyright infringement negate our offline and online experience of place?
Positioned between Aughton and Town Green, the sprawling fields and various A roads which make up the village are non places, topographically speaking, but as various other sites struggle to keep up with Google’s errors, its legacy includes a fictitious bike ride, real encounters of walking the territory to redraw the map and being made the subject of a Radio 4 segment.
My next voyage on the Virgin Pendilino might have to include a trip to Argleton.
There has never been a worse time to remind me I’m skint.
DW is getting psyched about Maison Martin Margiela’s collaboration with H&M.
The collection will be available online and in selected stores on November 15.