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Message text written by INTERNET:seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
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AISC can copyright the steel manual and the codes and standards.  They can
probably also copyright the format in which the data is presented, as long
as it is not the only possible format, but they cannot copyright the member
dimension data itself.
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You can also add that even the data AISC uses are derivative from ASTM A6.
All of the major member dimensions are set by this standard. It is also
copyright, but by ASTM.

The question arises: If AISC is charging for use of these data, are they
rebating ASTM for the portion belonging to them?

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