|Re: Nice try, but...|
Message #13 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 27 Mar 2002, 7:36 a.m.,
in response to message #12 by Jim L
as many of you may know, we have, here in Brazil, some sort of situation about copyright, illegal practice, and the like. I am completely aware of the fact that we, Brazilian people, would be a lot more concerned about that all if we could see the results of any legal action, as we see what happens in USA and Europe. In fact, you all show (at least to me) a deep, profound respect for those who create and their creation. Many of you have (and had) your chance to create something and offer it as the result of your work, and this must be preserved at any cost.
I myself have taken a lot of photocopies and scanned material exclusively for studying, what is not an excuse, I know. If I have the original in hands, I'd buy it. But I didn't have it at the time I needed it. Now I'm a writer and I feel guilty when I remember that the photocopies I took did not generate financial return to the writer. As many others didn't.
I think of copyright as law-based right, and must be respect. In other hands, I feel confused about specific, public-address documentation, say, the owner’s manual that comes with the equipment. If we stop to think about them, they should not be copyrighted. I do not mention the applications, cause they can be widely used, but an HP41CV Owner's manual. What is it good for to someone that does not own an HP41CV, or does not know how to use it (supposedly own or have owned one)? The only way to obtain one HP41CV Owner’s Manual is buying the calculator. O.K., I know we can order it separately, but no one wold buy it without having a calculator. Would?
If they are copyrighted, let's respect the law. I just do not understand why they have been copyrighted.