Re: Re: good samaritan

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Date:Tue, 09 Mar 1999 16:29:21 -0500 (EST)
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In a message dated 3/9/99 7:38:59 PM, wrote:

<<But I would argue that the owners of the Shandon instrument
already have a previous legal right to the manual (although missing) because
they bought a copy of the manual when they bought the instrument>>

Would it then follow that if you buy a book and lose it, that you are then
entitled to walk into a bookstore and take a copy off the shelf without paying
for it?  My point wasn't whether Shandon is doing the right thing from a
business point of view.    I agree they made a serious blunder.  My company
never has and never will charge for material that we publish regarding our
products.   On the other hand,  copyright infringment is serious crime which
is frequently prosecuted.   People ( authors, song writers, artists ) make a
living selling copyrighted material.  Others shouldn't feel they have a right
to disseminate copyrighted material without the expressed written consent of
the owners.  

Cliff Berger
Decal Chemical Corp

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