Clipart--To pay, or not to pay...
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Thu, 14 Jul 1994 01:31:00 -0600
Mike covers a lot of official word on the use and distribution of the clip
art on the disk set from National. He also mentions that the sale of this
clip art violates National's expressed intent and extrapolates therefrom
that placing the clipart on a bbs that charges a fee for downloading is
outside the intent.
That kinda stretchin' it, Mike. It is customary and held acceptable by
every shareware writer and shareware association from which I've heard
that distribution for the cost of the distribution is acceptable and not a
violation of the author/owner's intent. That cost (according to one
publication I received in April) is considered "acceptable" if not in
excess of $7.50/disk for domestic distribution.
Now, going beyond all that gobbledygook, if anyone out there is having a
problem with free access, tell us ( meaning the list ) and I'd be willing
to say that someone somewhere somehow will help you out. But, on the
other hand, if there is absolutely no other option, then you get to decide
whether toupee, er, to pay or not to pay. But once you get them, spread
'em around to others in your area so as to make that cost as effective as
After all, I pay a nickle a copy for "free" forms at my council office.
Same principle. "Free" distribution does not mean that the distributor
must bear the cost of distribution alone.
Ryan Keil, BEAR-ly Scoutin'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City