NY Transportation Authority Cites Schedules as Copyrighted Material

first_imgdana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting StationStops is an iPhone application that allows Metro-North Railroad riders to check their train departures and arrivals from Grand Central Station even when they do not have a wireless connection. The application remembers a user’s home station and offers both train track numbers and departures. While these are simple functions, the MTA does not have this data readily accessible. Rather than having to wait at Grand Central’s departure screens, riders with the iPhone app are free to relax until their train arrives. Essentially StationStops is a 3rd party application that does a better job of information outreach than the official public entity. The MTA’s cease and desist letter comes at a time when government agencies and semi-public entities are slowly carving out their policies on standardized public data. In late June, even as Mayor Bloomberg launched the first NYC Big Apps contest committing to the publication of machine readable city data, Council’s application to expose raw data for web and mobile app development was denied. In an interview with PolitickerNY assistant counselor to the mayor, Sami Naim spoke out against releasing the data saying, “It’s not how much paper you can put up on the Internet. It’s more, how much can you engage New Yorkers. It starts and ends with the customer.” Judging by StationStop sales and the public outcry for Schoenfeld, customers want a better way to access their transportation information and they don’t care whether it’s city-run, state-run or citizen-driven. To see more user-generated transportation solutions, visit DIY City or Apps for Democracy. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has sent a take down notice to Greenwich man Chris Schoenfeld for using Metropolitan Transportation Authority schedules to power his StationStops iPhone application. The popular blogger created an $2.99 application that gives commuters access to MTA train and bus schedules. He received a DMCA last Friday to remove the application from the app store The MTA claims that its scheduling information is copyrighted intellectual property. You read that right. Public train schedules are being treated as copyrighted material. In an interview with the Stamford Advocate Schoenfeld said, “The copyright law is very clear that you cannot copyright facts and tables of data. A train schedule itself might be considered intellectual property, but the data itself has nothing artistic about it.” Schoenfeld believes the DMCA came as a result of him delaying licensing negotiations. The blogger was expected to pay the MTA 10% of his app profits and $5000 in advance royalties. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Apple#NYT#web last_img read more

San Miguel stint is Terrence Romeo’s shot at redemption, says Leo Austria

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—Volatile star Terrence Romeo has had a tumultuous pro career that reached its low point recently when TNT reportedly wanted him out upon players’ requests.ADVERTISEMENT Romeo on Wednesday was officially shipped to San Miguel Beer in exchange for third stringers Brian Heruela and David Semerad and a 2021 first round pick.The move to the Beermen, however, not only gives Romeo a breath but more significantly, a golden opportunity to prove his critics wrong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefREAD: Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out“This is a chance for him to redeem himself,” San Miguel head coach Leo Austria told INQUIRER.net just hours after the PBA approved the deal. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img The 26-year-old Romeo has been involved in controversies beginning last March when he and his former coach Pido Jarencio at GlobalPort figured in a heated verbal exchange during a game.He was also among the players suspended by Fiba for his participation in the Gilas Pilipinas and Australia brawl in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in July.READ: Terrence Romeo to San Miguel gets PBA green light Austria said he had a lengthy conversation with Romeo over the phone on Tuesday and one of his early advice to the three-time PBA scoring champion is “just enjoy the game.”“We welcome him with open arms and I told him, ‘you don’t have to do so much here at San Miguel. You have the likes of June Mar, Standhardinger that can also score,’” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel has been having a hectic offseason following its surprisingly early exit in the ongoing 2018 Governors’ Cup where it got eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual finalist Alaska.Apart from Romeo, the Beermen also acquired Paul Zamar and Ronald Tubid from Blackwater and Columbian, respectively.“They are a great addition to the team. On paper, we now have the deepest team with Romeo, Zamar and also Tubid but it remains to be seen until we actually play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Man United hires former striker Solskjaer as interim managerlast_img read more

Gov’t Facilitating Enabling Environment for MSME Sector

first_imgThe Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been facilitating various initiatives to create an enabling environment for the Micro, Small and Medium-size Enterprise (MSME) sector.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank session, Director of the MSME Division within the Ministry, Andrene Collings said that the division is tasked with reviewing policies and guiding efforts to increase financing, market access and support services for MSMEs. “The establishment of the Division is a good structural move, as the government recognize the value and importance of the MSME sector and so this division will be a structured focal point within the ministry, that has been assigned the small business development portfolio,” Mrs. Collings said.She informed that the first task of the recently-established division was to update the MSME policy which will be tabled in the Houses of Parliament in short order.First adopted by Parliament in 2013, the Policy serves as a comprehensive framework for the implementation of strategies to support the growth and development of the MSME sector.Parts of the Policy under revision include: an alignment of the definition of MSMEs to match international standards; and the Security Interest in Personal Property (SIPP) Act.In terms of improved access to finance, Mrs. Collings noted that the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which is the premier micro-financing entity, has been continuously conducting research to create new products to meet the needs of the sector.In addition, a $1-billion loan facility is being made available by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to assist small and medium-sized tourism enterprises to upgrade their properties and attractions. The funding is available through the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank.Mrs. Collings noted too that the SIPP Act provides for increased access to financing by MSMEs, by allowing personal property (non-real estate assets) to be used as collateral for loans.“So instead of traditional collateral such as land and house, persons may use furniture, equipment and other movable assets,” she outlined.As it relates to technical and support services, the Director said that the MSME Division is seeking to create a network of small business advisory centres across the island.“The goal is to provide for the MSMEs what Rural Agricultural Development Authority provides to the farmers, as we recognize that every small business in Jamaica has the right to access business advisory service and so, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and other entities are equipped to facilitate these valuable services,” Mrs. Collings noted.She argued that the MSME sector accounts for the vast majority of the businesses in Jamaica.“We say that the MSME is the engine of growth but there has to be infrastructures for an engine to be of any value, so the responsibility of the government then, is to ensure that it creates an enabling environment so that the engine can start and move in an appropriate direction,” Mrs. Collings reasoned.last_img read more