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NYC & SF iPod Subway Map Controversy 361

scruffy323 writes "NYC and San Francisco are claiming copyright violations for freely distributed subway maps." From the Wired piece: "More than 9,000 people downloaded the map, which was viewable on either an iPod or an iPod nano, before Bright received a Sept. 14 letter from Lester Freundlich, a senior associate counsel at New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, saying that Bright had infringed the MTA's copyright and that he needed a license to post the map and to authorize others to download it."
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NYC & SF iPod Subway Map Controversy

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01, 2005 @06:45AM (#13692469)
    Slashdot EeziPost (TM) MK 1.0.001 (beta) TRIFECTA SOUVENIR EDITION
    my $topic_item = subway_map_pirate
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  • Freundlich (Score:3, Funny)

    by Einherjer ( 569603 ) on Saturday October 01, 2005 @07:02AM (#13692508) Homepage
    funny thing is that "Freundlich" in German means something along the way of "friendly","cordial","pleasant" :-)
  • by CptTripps ( 196901 ) on Saturday October 01, 2005 @07:31AM (#13692551) Homepage
    That was my thought too...it's not like they are SELLING the maps. I'd venture a guess that only about 5%-10% of the people that rids that system every day have an iPod, and lets say 5% of them have the map...are they REALLY loosing anything?

    To the Subway iPod thingy Programmer: Shame on you for not asking first...but nice job

    To the Subway People: Shame on you for being this petty.

    To the Subway Restaurants: I'll take a Cold-Cut Combo with Lettuce, Green Peppers, Black Olives, and Salt & Pepper.
  • by jeti ( 105266 ) on Saturday October 01, 2005 @07:54AM (#13692602) Homepage
    The copyright is necessary as an incentive to produce subway maps in the first place.
  • by deaddrunk ( 443038 ) on Saturday October 01, 2005 @07:57AM (#13692613)
    are they REALLY loosing anything?

    No they're restraining something.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01, 2005 @08:26AM (#13692666)
    in what way is this an apple story?

    The story is on Slashdot. It isn't a Google story. It isn't a Microsoft bash. Therefore it's an Apple story. Simple process of elmination.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01, 2005 @06:59PM (#13695202)
    It's comments like these that make me glad I browse with Flamebait at +6.

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