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Florida government office may not copyright maps

Official loses copyright case By MIKE HOYEM, The News-Press Bonita Springs Florida, December 8, 2004.

A court has ruled Collier County Property Appraiser Abe Skinner cannot copyright maps created by his office and demand royalties from those who use them to make a profit. Wednesday’s decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland was hailed as a victory for public records access by the First Amendment Foundation, an open-government advocacy group in Tallahassee.

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