Re: HUMOR: I Need Help

Subject: Re: HUMOR: I Need Help
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 15:48:34 -0800

Jeff Hanvey wrote:

> Nope. Wrong again. You're drawing a line that doesn't exist. Using the ideas of others without asking permission is just as wrong as using a template without asking permission.

Not legally. That's not the same as morally or ethically, of course,
since the law is often only peripherally and accidentally associated
with morals or ethics.

However, in general, I think most writers would agree that borrowing
an idea is only wrong if you don't rework it or modify it for your
own purposes. Otherwise, with only 2, 7 or 12 basic stories
(depending on which pundit you cite), we wouldn't have several
thousand new novels published in English every month. Not that that
wouldn't be a good idea in some ways, but you get my point.

> Again, it's a waste of time to spend time redeveloping templates if others exist. I'm all for anything that will allow me more time researching, writing, and editing the current document.

But you're only saving your own time by asking others to donate
theirs. Whether you realize it or not, you're implying that the time
of other busy professionals is worth less than yours.

Bruce Byfield 317.833.0313 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
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Progeny Linux Systems

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