On 20-Apr-99, MaryAnn Kohl wrote: >Marc, Others: > I've been writing since 1985 and have never used anyone else's ideas >that I know of. Now and then I find something that is too too wonderful >and ask that person's permission to use their idea. I don't have to, >according to the copyright law, but I have great integrity and would >never take an idea willingly. If the person does happen to agree, then >fine, and in these rare cases, I also give them payment in cash or in >free copies, usally books. I can't even count the number of times I have >had to do this ..... three or four maybe. I simply don't take other >people's ideas. I had this idea to share ideas back to the loop on "Big >and Messy', and I don't think I saw but maybe two or three that would >work for what I am doing. Again, I would never take ideas without >permission. You can count on that. Just thought I would let you know >where I stand. This is so weird because I am extremely honest and am >known for having integrity and ethics. > Whoever started this flame that I steal ideas without discussing it >with me has made a grave error. I will continue to write the books I do, >with or without help from others. And i will continue to share without >gain.
>>according to Borders.com, this will be her tenth book since 1997. Not sure >>how long this newsgroup has been around but . . . >> >>I wondered about this kind of thing when I first subscribed to this >>newsgroup, whether I should submit anything that did not have at least a >>"poor-person's" copyright. (you do this by sending the material you wish to
>>protect to yourself by registered mail and then filing it--WITHOUT OPENING >>IT). However, like so many of us silly artist types, I turned a blind, >>trusting eye. >> >>Unfortunately, it makes me less apt to contribute or even consider >>unsubscribing to the list altogether. Getty had a good thing going here. >>It's too bad. Online trust is a difficult thing to restore. >> >>I guess I can look at it this way. She just blew it with the very people >>she >>is attempting to sell books to. >> >>Marc >>INDPLS >>