The Los Angeles Times has an editorial about the subway map redistribution issue.
- Derailing iPod maps, EDITORIAL, Los Angeles Times October 3, 2005.
The editorial notes that there is no consistent solution to redistributing subway maps. The manager of www.ipodsubwaymaps.com has recreated some maps himself, the Metro system in Washington, D.C. has granted him permission to use theirs, and the New York MTA is demanding a fee of $500.
The editorial notes that cities don’t sell their subway maps, and neither is the website. In fact, the website is “saving the New York MTA and BART the expense of adapting their maps for the growing number of riders who keep iPods stuffed in their pockets or purses.” And more:
The transit agencies may want to license their logos for T-shirts and baseball caps, but their maps should belong to the public.
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