Thursday, February 07, 2008

West Virginia tax maps

Via Techdirt, it's reported that a company that acquired (via a Freedom of Information Act suit) public tax maps representing the state of West Virginia is being sued to stop them from putting the maps online. The basis of the suit?

"While government documents cannot be covered by copyright, apparently some gov't officials feel that preventing their ability to profit off of that public data is illegal."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The fact is that the guy that got the West Virginia tax maps via a
Freedom of Information request, actually published them online free of charge; thus the State claims this is "depriving" the state of the ability to distribute them at there mythical "cost" of $8, as permited by statute. If that were truly the cost, they would not mind