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By DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 29, 4:06 PM ET

NEW YORK - 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.

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.

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.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050929/ap_on_hi_te/ipod_subway_maps
 

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You would think public agencies that freely distribute their map on the internet and on property wouldn't mind having their free public informaton disseminated. Its not a big deal, its just a subway map....jeez.
 
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