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    Re: 1851 Bowditch
    From: William Allen
    Date: 2003 Jan 30, 21:49 -0800

    Your points are well taken.
    When I wrote to Starpath that I understood that they neeeded to protect
    their investment but questioned their policies, here is how David Burch
    replied in an email to me dated 29 Jan 03:
    "There are many advantages to registering a software product and all
    software these days is registered, not just ours. It is your proof of
    purchase for free updates and replacement as needed, as well, in our
    to access to (sic)various online resources about to become available."
    "It is not at all a simple matter of investment protection for most of
    products since that only relates to dishonest customers and we have very
    very few of these, (sic) but in this particular case copy protection is
    a factor."
    "it(sic)is extremely unlikely that we would ever recoup our expenses in
    producing this product. we (sic)did it as a labor of love.... but this
    actually costs some $1000 if it could be found at all, and we have a
    tremendous amount of work and expense in its electronic reproduction. If
    just one printable copy got lose (sic)on the internet or into the hands
    of a
    printer, all of our work, which we are in effect donating to the
    community, will have been lost.  I do not expect profit, but I do at
    expect to get the credit for it."
    I certainly recognise the enormous amount of work they put into this --
    and it is a high quality production -- but one would think that there
    would be some way for them to get "credit" for it and still make it
    available as a printable copy.  Maybe I'm being na�ve.
    Frankly, I was surprised that Starpath were selling it for only $39.95.
    I for one would be willing to pay a bit more if I could have a printed
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Gerard
    Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 8:45 PM
    Subject: 1851 Bowditch
     One could, if they had enough time, and an available paper copy of 1851
    Bowditch, just scan it in themselves and make their own electronic
    copy... and distribute it. Copyright is NOT an issue if one works from
    an original .. for 2 reasons... time and the fact that it was a US Govt.
    doc.  It would be a lot of work, but not impossibly much, for someone
    who has a scanner and lots of time... or a burning
    desire.   Maybe when I retire in another 5 or 10 years.
    Gerard Mittelstaedt    mitt{at}hiline.net
    McAllen, Texas

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