Subway maps
October 4th, 2005

This Washington Post article says “a few months ago, New York-based Web designer William Bright came up with a simple idea: Take digital images of subway maps, slice them into pieces and make them viewable on color iPod screens.Two months and almost 100,000 downloads later, Bright has subway maps from 22 cities — from Vancouver’s SkyTrain to Berlin’s S-Bahn to Washington’s Metro — available for download on his Web site, The Metro’s system map — which is broken into several easier-to-read maps — has become the third-most-popular download on the site, he said.Bright’s maps became so popular that they caught the attention of transit authorities in San Francisco and New York City, whose lawyers informed Bright that he was distributing their copyrighted map images without a license.”Take the NYC subway map off your website and confirm to me by email that you will not do this again,” read a terse letter from an attorney for that city’s subway system, according to a posting on Bright’s Web site. San Francisco officials also sent him a “cease and desist” letter for the iPod version of their subway map, he said.In Washington, transit authorities gave Bright their blessing last week.”I can’t stress how cool that is,” he said about Metro’s response”.

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