> USA copyright law is somewhat different from other nations' and from the
> international version. But: basically:
> -copyright is good for the author's life plus 75 years
> -heirs can give rights or deny rights to republish during 75 yrs, but
> after that, the work can not be "willed" to anyone else.
> -"fair use" of portions of a copyrighted work allows brief quotations
> without permission (usually for reviews or to cite a point); but "brief"
> sometimes must be defined by courts in disputes.
> -copyrighted work can be used in educational settings if the copying is
> incidental and done without extensive pre-planning.... that is, if a
> teacher suddenly (during or immediately before a class) wants his students
> to see a work, it can be copied, but not sold.
> -individuals get by with making any copies for their own personal use, but
> copy stores, like Kinko will not copy unless presented with a release
> from the copyright holder regardless of the intended sole personal use (to
> protect themeselves) but usually will ignore some customer copying using
> the customer's own hands. Some works have joined the paper version of BMI
> where a small fee can be transferred to the holder by a copy store when
> copying is done.
> -copyright only exists when it is enforced. One test involves judging if
> the copying has materially harmed the owner or the owner's market for the
> work. No measurable harm, no foul, it goes.
> -copyright is lost if the owner freely gives his work away to the public
> without attaching a notice of copyright (c in a circle etc.).
> There are many items that can not be copyrighted, like the schematic
> symbol for a resistor or even a diagram of a power supply if that circuit
> is in wide public use. "Kleenix" was denied copyright with the argument
> that the word had entered the language to such a thorough extent as to no
> longer just refer to one branded product. A specific singing of a song
> can be copyrighted but if another person sings it, copyright is in a grey
> area. The fun really begins when copying is made off the Internet--is the
> stuff freely given or what?
> Some countries, like China, do not obey copyright laws.
So, what do the armchair lawyers say about Heathkit allowing free copy and
distribution for profit since they got out of the ham business?
I would expect an easy court battle if a ham lawyer did a pro bono case on
behalf of all the affected sellers and web sites against the current owner.
Maybe a couple of lawyers sharing time and costs and wearing the current
owner down in his own legal fees.
Hosting the library in China would be interesting (-;
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