Trenìt is back online
On 6 September 2019 the mobile application Trenìt became operational again after winning a dispute against Trenitalia. Trenìt is a service with a mobile application and an adjoining website, launched in 2014, that searches for and shows users the train schedules and prices of journeys across Italy. The website was created by a start-up that is part of TechHub London, a European start-up incubator that is sponsored by Google.
Earlier in 2019, Trenitalia sued Trenìt on the charge that they were infringing copyright law by using data from the subsidiary of Ferrovie on the service. Following this charge, the service was suspended in July 2019. However, after the court hearing in August, the judges pronounced on 4 September that the database of train timetables and prices were not protected by copyright and were therefore legally subject to use by Trenìt in their service. Otherwise put, the judge found that the data from the subsidiary of Ferrovie was open, meaning that the data can be used and re-used by anyone in other services.