RE: Copyright Q

Subject: RE: Copyright Q
From: "LTC Writer" <Ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:54:45 -0500

I completely agree with Gene Kin-Eng. Another thing to consider is, how
would you feel if someone re-used the documents that you created without
compensating you for your hard work?

Tim Lewis
Lewis Technical Communications, Inc.

Making complex information more useful.

Message: 11
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:12:28 -0700
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Damien Braniff <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com>, "Techwr-L
(techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Copyright Q
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What you're describing is a situation in which someone is producing
something from material that is all owned by something else. Fair use does
not apply, since the objective is not to report on, review or cite the
copyrighted material. Home/own use is an appropriate category, provided the
material is not distributed to anyone - even for free.

Trying to negotiate a "deal" with the organization to republish material it
already owns and could probably have already combined if it thought it worth
the effort will most likely fail at best and at worst brand the individual
making the attempt with the mark of ***hole. My suggestion is to offer the
finished work to the org as an example of what the person can do and offer
services for future work. Bear in mind that societies of the sort described
are almost always run by all-volunteer staffs motivated by passion rather
than gain, and get most if not all of their funding from donations dropped
into a box at the front door of a museum in some old house with no heat that
is only open when there's an unpaid docent available to mind the door.

Gene Kim-Eng


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