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Ordnance survey wins book dispute

Posted 21 April 2010
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Ordnance survey wins book dispute
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A dispute between a book firm and the Ordnance Survey has ended with the map maker succeeding in protecting its designs from the plagiarism of a book company.

The mapping agency raised concerns when a small publishing company - JonesCat publishing - was set up to produce a cheeky book entitled The Hills are Stuffed with Swedish Girls, a tale about three friends walking the West Highland Way, Grough reports.

It had used a book cover in a similar pink and with a comparable font to the 1:50,000 Landranger maps used by the Ordnance Survey.

Edinburgh-based JonesCat has now folded after the company said it could not afford to contest a legal case or come up with the cash to produce a new cover design.

However, author of the book and keen walker Richard Happer told Grough he will still be buying Ordnance Survey maps.

He said: "Their sense of humour might not be up to much, but their maps are excellent and I'm not one to hold grudges!"

The West Highland Way runs 84 miles from Milngavie, just north of Glasgow, to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, via Loch Lomond, Tyndrum and Glencoe.

Posted by Dan Mirza