|[AMRadio] mods.dk and Heath info|
k4kyv at charter.net
Sat Mar 20 19:23:30 EDT 2010
90% of the content of Heathkit manuals is assembly instructions. Once a kit
has been built, all the owner needs is schematic, operating instructions,
theory of operation and troubleshooting data. In every Heath manual I ever
saw, this information was contained entirely in just a few pages.
The bottom-feeder is unlikely to have the deep pockets of a large
corporation for going after copyright violators, especially ones originating
in a foreign country. He would have to put up his own legal expenses, and
the alleged violator would unlikely have enough assets to make legal action
worthwhile in an international court case. Even if the copyright holder won,
I doubt that he would be able to even recover his attorney fees from the
lawsuit, let alone come out ahead by selling photocopies of old Heathkit
manuals to hams.
Even if he were successful in his effort to enforce his alleged copyright,
someone with a little determination to provide a service to the ham
community could by-pass the legalities and publish his own version of the
manuals by paraphrasing the operating instructions, circuit theory and
troubleshooting data into his own words, and redrawing the schematics
rather than photocopying them. A re-drawn schematic would not be provable
as a copyright violation, since one could have reproduced the schematic from
scratch by tracing the wiring in an actual rig, and there would be no way to
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