From: Dave Askins firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 4:11 PM
Subject: Redistricting Map Language
Redistricting maps available on the city's website contain the following verbiage:
"No part of this product shall be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without prior written permission from the City of Ann Arbor. This map complies with National Map Accuracy Standards for mapping at 1 Inch = 100 Feet. The City of Ann Arbor and its mapping contractors assume no legal representation for the content and/or inappropriate use of information on this map."
We are writing to advise you that nobody needs the city's permission for any of this, because these maps are public documents. The Chronicle will be treating the maps as the public documents, which they are. We will not be asking anyone for written permission to use these maps.
We think you should take steps to remove the language on the maps so that the information is not unnecessarily restricted in its possible dissemination. [Suppose for example, the president of a neighborhood association sees the language and mistakenly thinks that the city can actually require her to get permission before including the map in a neighborhood news letter, and decides to leave it out of the newsletter, because she has no idea who to ask for permission.]
-- Dave Askins Editor, The Ann Arbor Chronicle