Hi All -
I'm a Selectperson for the Town of Newbury and at our meeting last night a
question came up which I thought I'd throw out for opinions...
First, the background... Newbury has digital tax maps. The Town spent
about $34,000 to have the initial work done and we spend about $1400 per
year for maintenance (we currently have a contract with a GIS firm to do
that work). When someone requests a copy of a particular map, we contact
the GIS firm and order a copy of the map for the person making the request.
We are charged $12-15 for each copy from the GIS firm; we pass that cost
along to the requestor and charge an extra dollar for our efforts. We have
about 20 maps so a complete set would run someone about $250.
Now, the questions... A GIS company (not the one we have a contract with)
has written us requesting a *digital* copy of our tax maps.
1) Do we have a legal obligation to provide a copy of the tax data in
*digital* form (i.e., on disk) or is our sole obligation to provide paper
2) Can someone getting the information electronically turn around and
resell the data? Can we put any restrictions on the *use* of the data?
3) If we are obliged to sell a digital copy, what are our parameters for
setting a price? We'd like to recoup some of that $1400 maintenance fee if
Thanks in advance for your help!