This news from Santa Clara County, California, is having a mild rippling effect on local and state GIS professionals across the country. "Santa Clara County's move to charge astronomical fees for public access to its electronic maps has backfired in a $500,000 legal settlement. Government watchdogs say it is the largest payment of its kind in a California records disclosure dispute."
While this decision is from the California court system, the issues litigated are common in every state. The full article is available from the Silicon Valley Mercury News.