Re: [Public-Transit-Data-Summit] Gave nytransitdata, TOPPS some props in my press release today! (plus links at bottom) 140+ newdesk distribution

From: Nicholas B.
Sent on: Thursday, October 8, 2009 11:22 AM
Great press release, Chris, and thanks for the nod!

-Nick

Excerpts from Chris Schoenfeld's message of Thu Oct 08 08:41:37 [masked]:
> *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
> 
> October 8, 2009
> 
> 
> 
> *APPLE RETURNS 'STATIONSTOPS FOR IPHONE' FOR SALE IN ITUNES APP STORE IN
> RESPONSE TO MTA SETTLEMENT*
> 
> *StationStops Developer Congratulatory On MTA's Changing Approach to Mobile
> Application Development for NYC Commuters*
> 
> * *
> 
> Metro-North commuter advocacy blog StationStops.com is excited to announce
> the return of its Metro-North commuter scheduling app, StationStops for
> iPhone, to the Apple iTunes App Store.
> 
> Apple reinstated the app this week in response to a priority request from
> the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) which retracted its
> previous intellectual property claims against the application.
> 
> In August, negotiations between StationStops and MTA seeking a licensing
> agreement for transit data broke down, resulting in MTA Marketing and Legal
> departments sending a cease and desist to Apple.
> 
> The document claimed that StationStops for iPhone was infringing on MTA
> intellectual property in absence of a licensing deal, resulting in Apple
> removing the app from the iTunes store.
> 
> StationStops refuted the claims and over the course of two months, the case
> attracted the attention of intellectual property lawyers, software
> developers, legal scholars, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Gov 2.0
> pundit and publisher Tim O'Reilly, NYC Councilwoman Gale Brewer, and dozens
> of news organizations nationwide.
> 
> *���The conflict between MTA and StationStops was a necessary evil in order to
> publicly discuss the issues involving MTA's representation of its
> intellectual property in the swiftly evolving mobile space,��� said Chris
> Schoenfeld, founder and developer of StationStops.*
> 
> *���MTA has publicly stated that it wishes to reconsider its approach to
> mobile application development and I applaud them for this turnaround. This
> has been accompanied by additional gestures of meaningful action, but there
> is still much more to be done.* *The MTA is a massive transit service with
> serious budgetary concerns and, as incoming CEO Jay Walder has identified,
> is sorely lacking in real-time information delivery to its customers. By
> simply publishing their existing schedule database and other information
> online, as other major transit agencies have done, outside developers have
> the ability to fill massive gaps in real-time customer information for MTA
> at little or no cost - in a timeframe MTA could never realize internally.���*
> 
> There was no monetary or other compensation involved in the settlement,
> although StationStops, in a good faith gesture to the MTA, agreed to make
> edits to its existing disclaimer language on the application's iTunes
> homepage.
> 
> Schoenfeld will continue his work to improve MTA data policy through the *New
> York Data Transit Summit *��� a group of New York City transit developers and
> passenger advocacy interests who seek meaningful discussion with MTA on the
> subject of MTA data services. The group was founded by the Open Planning
> Project.
> 
> StationStops was represented in the case by *Stamford Attorney Brian
> Rosenfeld* and the *Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic of Brooklyn Law
> School*, headed by *Professor Jonathan Askin*.
> 
> * *
> 
> *For more information:*
> 
> *StationStops.com *
> *[masked]*
> [address removed]**
> 
> *StationStops.com *is a Metro-North commuter advocacy blog, founded in
> December 2007 and authored by Chris Schoenfeld. The blog also has coverage
> of technology, Fairfield County (Connecticut), and other issues.
> http://www.statio...­
> 
> The blog also offers specially-formatted Metro-North schedule information:
> http://www.statio...­
> 
> 
> 
> StationStops also communicates with Metro-North readers via its Twitter
> account:
> 
> @stationstops
> 
> *StationStops for iPhone *is an iPhone application which allows commuters to
> quickly find their next Metro-North train to or from Grand Central Terminal
> without an internet connection, which is a limitation of MTA's current
> online mobile website. The app also alerts riders to departure track numbers
> and provides geolocation of all 200+ Metro-North train stations via Google
> Maps.
> 
> The application has over 3,000 existing users and retails on the Apple
> iTunes Store for $2.99.
> 
> For more information about StationStops of iPhone, visit
> http://www.statio...­
> 
> iTunes users can find and download the app on iTunes by visiting the below
> link
> http://itunes.app...­
> 
> Visit Youtube for a 2-minute video demo of the application
> http://www.youtub...­
> 
> 
> *Chris Schoenfeld*, 42, is the founder of StationStops.com and StationStops
> for iPhone. Chris is an independent mobile software developer and
> entrepreneur, and the original software engineer and later Producer of
> Yahoo! Mobile services. Schoenfeld has over 15 years of experience in
> internet software development for various organizations including
> Hewlett-Packard, Scudder Kemper Investments, the US Department of Justice,
> Yahoo!, About.com, and other independent projects.
> 
> He resides and works in Greenwich, CT, doing business as Camel and Penguin
> Consulting, LLC
> 
>  Organizations seeking to consult with Schoenfeld on their own mobile or
> internet development projects are welcome to contact him at
> [address removed].
> 
> *More information on the New York Data Transit Summit:*
> 
> 
> 
> http://nytransitd...­
> 
> 
> 
> *The Open Planning Project:*
> 
> * *
> 
> *http://openplans....­*
> 
> * *

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