From: Bill Polhemus <bpolhem(--nospam--at)swbell.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2001 22:18:46 -0600
> In this sense, I understand AISC's position
> as the information to calculate the exact properties of the materials are no
> longer based on basic mathematics for solids, but are calculated using
> partially proprietary information.
However, they are "protecting" information that is published for use in just
such a manner as you intended your "free" product to be used.
I repeat: IF they have a copyright, they have a copyright and it must be
respected. But IF they do not, they do not, and they're (please pardon the term)
I sincerely hope that if they DON'T have a copyright, they aren't bluffing, and
sincerely think they are within their rights. It's so hard not to be cynical
with regard to the motives of others these days.