13563Re: [cosmacelf] Re: Elf II PCB
- Apr 17, 2013But if it's published in a magazine specifically to be used, as long as you aren't
selling them, I think it is okay to use, since that was its intended use.
You could make the point that one would need to purchase a copy of the
magazine, which ORIGINALLY was an issue, but if the mag is old, and
especially out of print, and particularly defunct, then it's a different ball game.
If the imaged PCB was a sold product, then it's a different story.
Also, unfortunately, "derivative works" are as legally questionable and
potentially problematical as "fair use", "orphaned works", and all the
rest of copyright laws. It's unfortunate that "they" haven't made it
more clear and understandable and up-to-date with the way the world
is and works today. (but it most probably never will be)
On the other hand, that is what "law" is all about and used for sometimes,
because if it is ephemeral, which is easier to do, you can take your chances
and let the courts decide if it comes to that. You rolls your dice and you
takes your chances.
On 4/17/2013 11:11 AM, Lee Hart wrote:
>> I bet I could take it and clean it up and make it work,
> It would take some pretty sophisticated PhotoShopping...
> I think the right approach is to use a modern (or even
> semi-modern) CAD package to re-layout the board, using the pictures
> as a guide.
> Ah, what the heck. It sounds like enough people are interested that
> I'd be willing to take a crack at this. (I just finished a fairly
> complex layout project, so I'm feeling pretty good at my PC layout
> game right now.) Since the hard part (figuring out the best way to
> run the traces - auto-routers generally suck) is done, it should go
> pretty quickly.
I agree. I've made a few recreations of old boards myself, to replace
boards that were no longer available. Unless you can scan the real board
or its original artwork, it's faster and more accurate to simply create
a new layout with a decent PCB CAD package.
On copyrights: If you create a new PCB, it's a derivitive work and not a
copyright infringement. You will almost certainly make changes. Old
parts won't be available so you'll have to lay it out to use parts you
can get. Better parts will be available (like bigger memory chips).
You'll want to make corrections and improvements.
Finally, it's unethical to try to make an exact copy. It is likely to be
used to cheat someone by passing it off as an original. You should
*deliberately* make it recognizable as a modern reproduction and not an
The trouble ain't that there's too many fools, but that lightning ain't
distributed right. -- Mark Twain
Lee A. Hart, http://www.sunrise-ev.com/LeesEVs.htm
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