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    New subject titles and [was] 1851 Bowditch at StarPath
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Jan 29, 19:29 -0500

    William-
     You are using MS Outlook for an email client. I assume you are clicking REPLY 
    to reply to messages. When you do that you should see TO: FROM: and SUBJECT: 
    at the top of the reply, just delete/change the old subject and enter a new 
    one.
    
     I tired to download the new 2002 Bowditch from NIMA and mentioned that here 
    some weeks ago. NIMA feels that their audience is the military and they put 
    up the new Bowditch in about 50 files "because our people don't have the 
    bandwidth to download it all in one file". They also locked several of the 
    PDF files to prevent people from altering the content, prevent merging them 
    into one large file, etc. And they have the peculiar idea that because the 
    NIMA logo is printed in several chapters that will prevent others from 
    reprinting and selling the material. As a civilian and not a lawyer, I can 
    only say "Gee whiz!" because the front page of Bowditch actually says it is 
    copyright to the US government and no copyright applies. Logo or otherwise.
    
     Well...suffice to say that there are commercial products which cheaply and 
    readily crack the PDF password encryption and allow the entire document to be 
    unlocked. I expect to reassemble the 50(?) pieces of Bowditch 2002 and have a 
    fully unlocked version to read "Real Soon Now".
    
     Similarly, your 1851 Bowditch probably could have been unlocked. Since that 
    is the private work product based on a copyright-free publication (the rights 
    to the 1851 surely have expired!) I have no idea of the legality, I only note 
    that locking a PDF is like locking a screen door. It will only prevent 
    "casual" distribution. I have no idea if unlocking it in order to print your 
    own copy would be a violation of anything or not...as long as you did it all 
    yourself.
     I wonder if Starpath have considered making the 1851 edition available as a 
    "book on demand" that can be printed on demand for customers, so at least 
    they can be rewarded for their commedable effort at making the edition 
    available.
    
     This is all very reminiscent of the way that old world NAVIGATORS kept their 
    one-of-a-kind charts and sailing directions locked in a chest, which not even 
    the captain might be allowed to see.
    
    
    

       
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