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- From: John Lawson <jlawson(--nospam--at)kramerinc.com>
- Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 23:33:20 -0700
Thanks to all who responded. Even though Bill Allen's comments are very on-the-mark, I don't intend to make a fellow engineer a eunuch with castration. I'd be happy to learn that this was the first job he did it on, won't do it again, and is remorseful. Our attorney says we can go after "damages" which would be normal engineering fees for such projects, and maybe punitive damages if it was especially intentional to harm. But like many said, a legal battle is not my aim. Using the ideas of others to build upon I feel is acceptable. I have no problems educating others to various solutions to problems and methods of detailing. But to save time and money by photocopying, or scanning, or blindly reproducing is I feel over-the-line on professional standards. I'll admit that I too have seen ways "to build a better mousetrap" and I have incorporated those thoughts into my work. But I have always found a way to improve the performance and/or presentation. If it's already perfect (doesn't exist) then at least redraw it, change the look, alter the text, change the scale, put it in a different detail box, etc.... and then nobody will likely be upset. This brings to mind the "patented" concepts others are using to resolve the moment frame requirements following Northridge Earthquake. Obviously I don't intend to pretend that my details are patented or patentable. And I don't like the idea of patenting structural engineering concepts, but it is clear that it is not easy to determine what are the varying shades of "intellectual property". Thank you for your thoughts. John Lawson SE Kramer & Associates Structural Engineers, Inc. jlawson(--nospam--at)kramerinc.com
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