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Re: Medieval bookbinding-Szirmai

Dear Jack Thompson,

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah!  YOu're right.  I'm trying to figure out a
way that I can purchase the medieval bookbinding book. I wouldn't
even want a copy of it.  If I can't purchase it I'll try to get my library
to buy it so I can check it out.

We must respect the work that others do and the copyright is the
way to do it.

Bertha Rogers

> Hi, Dorothy,
> Sigh.  It is indeed a troublesome issue.  An author spends years learning
> something and then puts it down on paper for the world to see.
> A publisher spends years working with authors/editors/translators and finally
> publishes a work for the world to read.
> And then, someone makes a photocopy.
> I am not immune to the clarion call of the photocopier.  I own one which
> will make copies up to 11" X 17" and have done so.
> I don't even charge for photocopies from out of print material in my reference
> collection (it goes back to the 12th c., but mostly 17th c. onward.)
> But in-print material is different.
> I hired Carl Furfaro to re-draw some of the illustrations from Lotta Rahme's
> book, _Leather: Preparation and Tanning by Traditional Methods_ and he used
> my friend Jim Croft and Jim's wife, Melody, as models.
> Carl was paid in money; Jim and Melody were paid with a copy of the book, in
> sheets.  A few months after receiving the text, Jim told me that he had
> made a photocopy of the book and mailed it to Billy Metcalf, a mutual friend
> who makes excellent alum tawed deerskins.
> Now, I would have been happy to have given a copy of the book to Billy, but
> was just the least bit put off to learn that a photocopy of the entire book
> had been made.
> It puts off the date when Lotta may receive a royalty check by at least on
> copy.
> The publishers of Szirmai's book understand that there will not be many
> purchasers, and most of those will be libraries, not private binders.
> My experience as a publisher supports that observation.  It is not the price
> tag of $149.00, or something near that amount.
> If it were otherwise, I would be hard pressed to fulfill orders.
> The current project is a German book about book restoration. The translator
> was surprised that the contract stipulates that the translation will be mailed
> to me on computer disks, not transmitted via e-mail.  I explained that
> e-mail, even when it is sent between us, is archived on many servers between
> the translator and myself, and I do not wish to have the work for which I have
> paid good money left laying around on the net.
> We will handle translation questions via e-mail, but that is all.
> It is all very good to proclaim that information is free, and whatever is
> on my web page, or has been posted by me to any listserv is available to
> whomever has access.
> But for the rest, ya gotta work.
> >Date:    Mon, 13 Sep 1999 09:16:28 -0400
> >From:    Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
> >Subject: Re: Medieval bookbinding-Szirmai
> >
> >  Jan, Jack and List-
> >    Not to worry, Jack, about my offer to photocopy from Szirmai's book
> >on behalf of others.  I do not intend to get into the business of
> >pirating Mr. Szirmai's book, though I doubt he will ever get the profit
> >from it we could all wish for him.  Books do cost money to produce and I
> >respect the need for copyright legislation.
> Jack C. Thompson
> Thompson Conservation Laboratory
> Portland, OR 97217
> 503/735-3942  (voice/fax)
> http://www.teleport.com/~tcl
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