Re: Newsletter Articles

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From: chuck adams (adams@chuck.dallas.sgi.com)
Date: Fri Feb 16 1996 - 11:16:45 EST


Bob et.al.,

If someone writes something up that appears on this list,
you must write to them and ask their permission. Although
the Internet is somewhat of an open forum, the material
that flows across it is not. A lot people still haven't
gotten the big picture. Heard on the news this a.m. that
17,000,000 people are estimated to be on the Internet
now "surfing".

We've had problems in the past with this (copying) and we
try to prevent misunderstandings from happening in the future.

I and others on qrp-l have had our stuff appear without permission
and without being forewarned that it was going to be published
in newsletters. All editors/publishers/etc. please get
permission from the author before copying etc. It makes
everyone happier.

This topic is rather timely in that I'm going through the
QRZ! CDROM and finding some of my stuff on there from this
list. Some with credit and some without. I even ran across
some stuff from AC4HF in which he references somestuff that
I said in private mail. I'm sure that he didn't know that
he was going to be on the ROM either.

There are several issues at stake here IMHO:

1. How much stuff should be recycled through N newsletters
    where N is large? I take about all of them and I like
    to read new stuff in every issue.

2. How often should it be recycled in the same newsletter.
    I've seen stuff reappear in QQ that was in from previous
    years. Some is understandable 'cuz the audience changes
    over the years.

3. I personally will promise someone like Doug KI6DS first and
    only rights to an article in QRPp for a couple of reasons.
    I think that a lot of people get tired of hearing from me
    and they surely don't want the same article appear in
    short order in a number of places. I get requests all
    the time from others and I will try to fulfill them, but
    all with new material. Sometimes deadlines jump up and
    I don't have enough lead time. So let me know as far
    ahead as possible.

4. The lawyers can jump on this one and remember I'm not
    lawyer, but I have supported a few in my time. :-)
    It is the issue of being non-profit and why would one
    hold a copyright of printed material? Seems counter
    productive and I would think the IRS would have a
    field day on this one. Not that they don't have enough
    to do as it is. :-) I know that it is to keep someone
    else from profiting from it, but still the concept
    seems strange to me.

One of the things that everyone has to keep in mind on qrp-l.
Everything that you say and do here is recorded forever.

In fact, this group started in 1993. Here are some interesting
numbers:

1993 4.836MB in the archives
1994 10.397MB
1995 20.589MB
1996 4.077MB so far

and by the end of this month we will have generated 40MB total!!!
Of course, this includes mail headers etc. but at least everything
is dated and time stamped to eliminate "historical modification".

I don't recommend for the faint of heart that everyone go back and
read everything. :-) For those who are new to the list and you
see someone make some remark "Oh No - not again" or "Let me kill
this off" or "I'll start this one again", it's because the longer
subscribers to this list have "been there - done that". We can
pretty much set our calendars by when a certain topic is going
to "bust loose" on this group. :-)

If you have ftp access to FTP.LEHIGH.EDU and you have 40MB of
disk space just begging to be used, by all means go over and
get it. It'll give you something to do in your spare time.
"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss your 40MB goodbye".

dit dit (the story behind this signature is embedded in
          the archives)

--
Chuck Adams (K5FO CP-60)  adams@sgi.com
Box 181150, Dallas, TX  75218-8150


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