From: Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 16:58:40 -0500 (EST)
Ah, but you did pay for FEMA 350. So did I, my neighbor, your neighor, my
best friend, my dad, etc. Keep in mind that FEMA 350 was produced with
our tax dollars.
On Tue, 9 Jan 2001, Robert Shaffer wrote:
> 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
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bpolhem(--nospam--at)swbell.net]
> Sent: Monday, January 08, 2001 6:48 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> 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.