From: Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 22:33:57 -0500 (EST)
Actually, it should not even be necessary to "reverse engineer" (in the
purest sense of the phrase) section property values. The
"confindentially" obtained fillet radius information can certainly be
obtained by actually measuring a member out in the field. This is
certainly not a practical solution, I would say that it raises the
questions of whether or not the section properties values could even be
considered "intellectual property".
On Sun, 7 Jan 2001, Bill Polhemus wrote:
> Brings up a good point.
> What if you "reverse engineered" the number? That is, calculated them in your
> own way, and published them to say four decimal places (I know, mathematically
> bogus, but we're talking the LAW here), so that if rounded they would be the
> same numbers?
> This gets murky. If it can't be demonstrated without a shadow of doubt where the
> number came from originally, then where's the foul?
> TO MY FRIENDS AT AISC: I am not proposing ANYONE try to "get around" your
> presumed copyright. I'm just posing a philosophical argument to demonstrate how
> slippery this concept is.
> Scott Maxwell wrote:
> > Charlie,
> > I do agree with you. Since the information came from a direct electronic
> > copy from the database that AISC sells, I would at a minimum personally
> > believe that it would be a "moral" infringement of AISC's rights if not an
> > actual copyright violation.