Government should not own copyright

I’m a supporter of copyright (and we can quibble till the bar closes about how much and how long). But I believe that government should not be allowed to own copyright; the people own its copyright and should be able to use material created at public expense however the people damned well choose. That’s why it’s appalling that transit officials are suing over the copyright of subway maps. What the hell do they think their job is? And who do they think owns the subways and the maps? We do.