This morning, Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor went to the Los Angeles Superior Court after allegedly being tipped off by the Dept. of Building and Safety that the LA Weekly was seeking a list of all legal and illegal billboards they had permitted. The media giants were arguing that the information was proprietary.
Instead, the judge ruled in favor of the LA Weekly:
Judge James Chalfant quickly made clear that the location and ownership of billboards in L.A…. is public information gleaned from a public permitting process.
It is not proprietary information… Now, Building and Safety must release the list of 11,000 billboards, their owners and locations. By April 4. Including the thousands of billboards put up illegally by many billboard companies.
Now, as everyone anxiously awaits either a release of the list or a legal challenge from big media, I look forward to finding out how Building and Safety would benefit from tipping off Clear Channel…
[h/t Mack Reed at LA Metblogs]