True, True, there are no free lunches. I would assume that the steel
industry provides considerable funds just to subsidize the publication of
the Manuel and other research.
I just think that we should expect the industry to be more pro-active in
distributing the information. The Structuralist was doing the steel
industry a "FREE" service by offering the shapes database on the website. I
certainly hope that AISC could come to some equitable solution to allow the
Structuralist to continue providing exactly this type of information.
The 'Bang' perhaps, would be in everyone having the very latest and best
information to do a better job. Or maybe the FEMA 350 has me spoiled, but
that was the best money I didn't spend in 2000.
Robert Shaffer, PE
Santa Cruz, CA
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bpolhem(--nospam--at)swbell.net]
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2001 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: Copyright Infringement
We need to remember there is no such thing as "free". I know that seems
but it is nevertheless very true.
Someone is paying. The cost doesn't just disappear into the ether.
I guess the steel producers finally figured out that they got very little
for their buck by giving away AISC manuals. They, like many other businesses
the last twenty years, looked around for places to cut costs, and I'm sure
"free" design manuals looked like a no-brainer.
Robert Shaffer wrote:
> Any one who produces a product has an obligation to the consumer that
> product will be used safely. It is the steel producer who should, IMO,
> providing me with a FREE copy of information critical to the proper use of
> their product.