Ethical Question

Subject: Ethical Question
From: Lori Lathrop <76620 -dot- 456 -at- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 1994 12:56:06 EDT

I'd appreciate your thoughts on an ethical question that has been plaguing
me recently. BTW, this ethical issue came about as a result of a book
recommendation made by some of you on this list. I had our local library
find the book, _Graphic Design for the Electronic Age_ by Jan V. White,
and it *is* wonderful ... so I thank whoever it was who recommended it.

Now for the ethical question .... When I saw the graphic design on the
cover of the book, I immediately recognized it as the design someone I
know (a technical writer in another state) is using on his business cards
and stationery, claiming that a graphic designer did it for him. So, now
that I know that he (or his graphic designer) lifted the design from this
book, what should I do? Should I keep my mouth shut and let him take the
heat if one of his clients should discover the source of his graphic
design? Or should I find a tactful way (and what way would that be?) to
tell him about my "discovery" in hopes of sparing him any future

Thanks in advance for your advice. If there is enough interest in this
ethical issue, I'll post a summary of the responses.

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