Would everyone lay off this quasi-copyright/intellectual argument about the Trans-America Trail. Sam worked very hard to lay out the route and if you are going to ride an entire segment the cost of the maps is peanuts compared to your total trip cost and the time you take off of work. I wanted to offer a constructive product idea and recommendation not a pissing contest of perceived intellectual property rights and morals, etc. This conversation comes up all the damn time and it is tiring. Whomever records the tracks and shares them is the owner of them. The underlying maps are not the basis for the derived work. Therefore, while it is tacky and destructive for the hobby as a whole, an individual sharing tracks is not breaking the law. Furthermore in my morality the bullying of this individual and the using of lies to convince this person that what they are doing is illegal is a bigger moral travesty then sharing tracks from "there trip". The problem is, the opposition to GPS technology, availability of reversed roll charts, and the use fact that everyone seems to want to buy a section not sold as an individual item. Here is the gray area... If one were to ride the thing and simply share there GPS tracks, this information, while useful and time saving is not all Sam offers with the TAT and others offer. Lat-Lon coordinates are good for the machine but english is nice too. Is Sam's market really such bottom feeders that they would not see value in the roll-charts and the written instructions even if someone gave them a complete set of tracks? Here is what I propose... I'm willing to work with any route planner who has a cool route to develop a web based system for generating tracks and pdf based roll charts to be trimmed down. I come from an IT background and have significant experience in spatial and mapping software as well as formal education in tons of GIS topics (not applicable here). The site would include trip log functions, photo albums, integration with spot for riders, and many other value adds. This site would be a sort of Map-Blog, where individuals can offer there own maps and routes to share and others can offer ride reports. Hopefully if I get such a project off the ground, the owners of these "copyrighted maps" might like to find a way to integrate into this system while increasing their revenue. Such a system isn't clear yet, but something worth exploring. I would love to here what the community has to say about a sort of community-based map blogging site. Also, if you have a commercial interest in your route (and are already selling them) and have an idea about how to utilize a venue like this, I would love to here it.