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Re: MBTA votes to make the T Free for 3 months

Posted by SPUI on Fri Mar 18 06:28:51 2005, in response to Re: MBTA votes to make the T Free for 3 months, posted by Allan on Mon Mar 14 15:03:04 2005.

Any official subway maps from before 1964 have passed into the public domain, because they weren't renewed (go here to check). Anything after that (unless it's from before 1989 AND has no copyright notice) is copyrighted by the MTA, and thanks to Disney will remain copyrighted indefinitely.

As for the Subway wallpaper, they have no copyright over it, as long as it's a reproduction of the original public domain map (thanks to Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.).

Anyway, I think what's being talked about here is trademarks; there's no way someone could copyright a letter in a circle and have it stand up in court.

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