[WWI] Is the sky falling?

Stuart L. Malone smalone at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 18 07:23:25 EST 2005

Part II

Now, if you really want your head to spin, what about the professional 
modelers?  Seems to me much like Lemelson v. GM or SCO v. 
DaimlerChrysler, where the patent owners (Lemelson & SCA) were suing 
the end users, not the manufacturers of the product infringing on the 
patent, in these cases, Cognex and Linux (Red Hat?) respectively.  What 
I mean by this is the kit manufacturers are only going to pay licensing 
for the rights to manufacture the kit.  If I want to sell a finished 
kit, I will have to negotiate a separate licensing agreement with the 
rights holder to avoid being sued.  I know a couple of guys in my area 
who are professional modelers and do it to help subsidize their income 
to help put food on the table for their families.  In all practicality, 
my guess is these people could get away with infringement for the rest 
of their lives, as the cost of prosecution of individuals is far more 
expensive than the royalties they would gain.  However, it would be 
nice if the kit manufacturers encompassed this point, kind of like 
Apple did with the music people and the whole 'fair use' policy in 
iTunes, even though it's not really fair use, but that's another topic 
for a different mailing list.

			Stuart L. Malone

On Jan 18, 2005, at 4:43 AM, Warren Dickinson wrote:

> "I think that WWI is safe. :)"


> Warren

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