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Mark,
Have you heard the expression "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." (hope
I got that right). It may be that this is a response to our discussions and
a first step.

Dennis

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Gilligan [mailto:MarkKGilligan(--nospam--at)compuserve.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2001 10:29 PM
> To: INTERNET:seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: AISC Latest Move
>
>
> What I do not understand is why would AISC give away codes which
> they could
> sell and on the other hand demand payment for the use of the material
> properties.
>
> What is the specific legal argument for demanding payment?
>
> Have they  turned the lawyers loose without considering the bottom line?
>
> I almost wonder if AISC wants me to start using more concrete.
>
>
> Mark Gilligan
>
>
>
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >Dennis Wish recently wrote:
>
> "While on the subject, AISC's latest move was (you may not realize)
> monumental.  For those who did not know, they started to release some of
> their documents for free download on their website.  When I see an
> organization represent and support the design community, my first thought
> is
> "This is where I should be paying the money I put aside to support my
> profession" and I am more apt to join that organization - you do something
> nice for me and I'll show you my appreciation."
>
> Dear Dennis:
>
> Apparently, you have been spending too much time thinking about old
> guitarists and science fiction novels, and have not been doing
> your usually
> thorough job of monitoring organizational behavior.  AISC's latest moves
> will probably not make you very happy.  They have recently started quietly
> contacting the vendors of popular structural engineering design software
> and
> demanding a royalty for every copy sold/licensed, based on the
> inclusion of
> their beloved section data.  Thus, you may soon be faced with a choice.
> Buy
> the data one time from AISC, and force-fit it yourself into your
> commercial
> design software, or pay an upcharge to each of your software vendors
> whenever you buy new or upgraded versions of their programs that continue
> to
> include the section data.  With that knowledge, has your appreciation of
> AISC been altered?
>
> Have a nice day!
>
> Stan Caldwell in Dallas
>
>
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