“It seemed like such a great idea: digitally shrink maps of major subway systems and put them online so people can download them to their iPods for free. Tens of thousands of people have downloaded maps from http://www.ipodsubwaymaps.com since Web designer and blogger William Bright, 27, created it in early August. San Francisco and New York City officials were less enthusiastic,” David B. Caruso reports for The Associated Press.
“A lawyer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent Bright a terse ‘cease and desist’ letter in mid-September demanding he immediately remove the New York City subway map from his Web site,” Caruso reports. “Another letter followed on Sept. 21 from the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, instructing Bright to take down his BART system map. Both agencies said copyrights they held to the maps barred anyone from repackaging and redistributing them without permission.”
Caruso reports, “BART spokesman Linton Johnson said the agency is working on coming up with its own downloadable version of subway maps for on iPods and other portable devices.He said BART’s chief complaint with Bright’s maps was that they didn’t reflect changes made to the transit system’s route alignment earlier this month. ‘We don’t want to confuse our customers,’ Johnson said.”
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iPod subway maps: http://www.ipodsubwaymaps.com/