Re: copyright (USA and Cuba)

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John Bibby, QED of York, York, England (qed)
Sun, 31 Aug 1997 22:06:56 +0000

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Speaking from England, there is a lot of concern over here about
"pirating". Different countries operate different standards. The
countries which seem most lax by common repute are in South-East Asia
and - ironically - Cuba and the USA.

At least Cuba OPENLY acknowledges that they will not respect
copyright (they say it is an "exchange" - any Cuban book can be
copied, in return for which in Cuba they allow any other book to be
copied).

In the USA the standards are alos - shall we say - "flexible". But
nobody wants to tangle with Uncle Sam, and anyhow chasing people for
copyright violation is a good way of making yourself bankrupt unless
you are already a big corporation.

Speaking personally (as a publisher) if anybody copies our material
in a small way, THEY ARE WELCOME TO IT (imitation and theft are the
sincerest forms of flattery!); but if it becam,e commercially
important, I'd probably feel differently about it.

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