You would think that a public transit service would want to do anything to help people better navigate their system. If you live in New York or San Francisco, you’d be wrong.

A New Yorker who created iPod-sized versions of the subway maps for his city and San Francisco was told by lawyers for those systems that he couldn’t distribute the maps. They’re copyrighted and not even people who pay taxes to subsidize public transit can give them away for free.

What part of "public service" don’t these guys understand?