This and That
- Hi All,
The "This" is that I haven't "introduced" new members to the group for
a while. The last time there were forty-five of us. Now there are
forty-seven. "weldfabnut" and "sst56ts1" are our newest members.
The "That" is "that" there is a new method for printing material that
is downloaded, scanned, copied or composed on sheet metal.
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/tmddj for the source of this information.
The capability for printing on metal, plastic, wood, etc. will add to
the ways that people can get in trouble by unlicensed use of
copyrighted material. I am not a lawyer, so contacted our official
paper model advisor, David Hathaway to get his advice.
My "advice" on the thorny issue of copyright is:
1: It is a breach of copyright to copy a card model - whatever the
medium you copy it to - regardless if it is a (free) download or
2: Most people who create free card models usually explicitly retain
copyright on their models and as such retain legal control.
3: Just because it is a (free) download does not mean it is free to
"play around" with or not covered by copyright.
4: Most people who create downloads accept it will be impossible to
enforce anything once the model is in the public domain.
5: Copyright covers everything that is created in "print" at the point
it is created - it does not have to be registered for protection under
international law. It is easier to enforce if the item is marked (C)
My suggestion is that you propose it as a way forward but VERY
strongly suggest that people who want to try it contact the copyright
owner and ask for permission - I would make this a very very strong
suggestion for commercial models. I am 100% sure that most card model
designers will be flattered you asked - rather than just did it - and
they will gladly give permission. More importantly you have that
important cover-your-a** permission if things do get sticky. A further
courtesy might be to send them a photo of any resulting models. You
also stand a chance of getting them involved and being able to make
suggestions. I would be fascinated to see a pop-pop version of the
Cerberus - something for YouTube perhaps?
As an aside I suspect that the available power of a pop-pop engine
would require radically reducing the underwater hull of a vessel as
much as possible to reduce weight, wetted area and drag - rather than
ballasting down the real hull form to sit at the right level in the
Hope this helps.
(David's advice has been converted to PDF and added to the files section)