in brief New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees has asked Transport
Minister David Campbell to intervene in a stand-off between
software developers and state transport corporation RailCorp about
use of government data.
RailCorp recently threatened a Sydney software developer, and
reportedly others, with legal action if they failed to withdraw
train timetable applications that mashes up publicly available
RailCorp data with user-friendly devices such as Apple's
"I've asked Minister Campbell to speak to RailCorp," Rees
wrote on his official Twitter page late last week. "They will meet
with the app developers to negotiate how to use the info
As a government body, RailCorp information is protected by Crown
copyright, a contentious provision in copyright law that has
recently been used to block attempts to access information on the
location of Victoria's bushfires and even such information as the
locations of public toilets.