Re: National's Web Site
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 15:35:23 -0400
Mike, nothing personal meant by my comments below, I simply took your
post as the handiest.
On Thu, 11 Jul 1996, Settummanque, the blackeagle (MAJ) Mike L. Walton wrote:
> Cheryl wrote:
> >And -- once I d/l it, where do I store it? Do I tote my computer with me
> >to meetings so I can quote from it? Or do I print it off and schlepp the
> >hardcopy? If the latter, wouldn't it be easier to get the official,
> >nicely formatted, pre-printed version from Council rather than paying
> >for my own toner, my own paper and spending my time doing
> >something they've already done?
> Well, what I see a lot of Scouters doing is to create their *own* versions
> of National's materials...you know, cut here, paste there, add this from
> this book and this from the other book and *volla!* You have a "perfect"
> copy of your Commissioner Fieldbook or Chairperson's Handbook or
And you have committed copyright infringement and quite possibly changed
the meaning and contextual meanings beyond ALL recognition. This is
precisely one of the MAJOR arguments against putting certain materials
(not limited to BSA manuals, by any means!) up in electronic format ...
once someone downloads it, the author no longer has any control over what
is attributed to him. In preprinted format, changes are FAR more obvious
than when Mike d/l a copy and changes it for his needs, while Mike 2 d/l
a copy and changes it for _his_ needs and Tom d/l a copy and changes it
for _his_ needs.
At least if we all buy or acquire the same printed book from National,
we're all playing the same game with ostensibly similar rules.
> whatever. Only problem with all of this, is that while you now hold in
> your Powerbook or laptop what NATIONAL says, you hold very little
> about how your LOCAL COUNCIL is going to interprete all of this.
This of course brings another level to the game, one which will not and
cannot be solved with on-line access. Many times Council interpretation
is situational, and certainly no one intends to codify those situations.
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