03 October 2005

NY and SF Transit Bureaus Not Very Nice

The New York MTA has been sucking a lot the past few years, mostly due to their price-gouging. But in case you're not from New York (and consequently don't give a shit how much a 30-Day Unlimited Metrocard costs these days), here's another dick move, courtesy of the MTA.

This clever blogger fellow has been providing free maps of various major cities' subway systems for storage on iPods. Yes, we thought it was a pretty cool idea too. NY and San Francisco, however, are ordering this guy to stop making the maps available. And we're not even sure why. What's a little copyright infringement between pals? Besides, the dude is doing all of this for free, so perhaps the respective Transit Authorities are just pissed they didn't think of it first so they could charge for it. Incidentally, London, Paris and several other major cities seem to be fine with him doing this. So, at least we can be sure that capitalist litigiousness is going strong, even when it doesn't appear that anyone stands to profit. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

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