Jul 06, 1999 09:27 AM
by M K Ramadoss
I saw the following interesting msg on copyright maillist. Volunteerism is
On Sat, 03 Jul 1999, Steven Melamut wrote:
> If someone wants to write new questions and answers working with the
> material, they can certainly post them. But, they cannot just change
> a few words and numbers and expect that to suffice. It must be a new
> work -- but who want's to put that much effort into something for free?
You will be surprised, a simple look at project Gutenberg run by
voluntairs is a positive proof that many people like to work for free,
or share their love for books, etc with others. Not all of us work
for money alone. I can certainly imagine people want to help people
by providing answers to questions in textbooks, for example teachers
who already have a paid job...
Unfortunately, a lot of books nobody has any financial interest in
anymore, are locked up behind copyright, with the holders dead or
ignorant, or companies, who can't imagine some may care, although to
few to warrant a reprint...
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