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Bill

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#1 posted 2725 days ago

I doubt there is a clear definition of where is the cut off point. I guess one alternative is to write to the designer and ask permission to build them as production. They might consent without any further requirements. Maybe you could offer some compensation, such as $1 from the sale of each item.

It does bring up an interesting point for those plans in a magazine. If the magazine says you can make 20 copies from a plan, what happens if I buy the magazine twice? Does that allow me 40 copies since I bought two magazines, or am I still limited to the original 20? I did provide compensation in the form of another magazine purchase, so does that give me the use of another set of copies?

Alas, this is why there is so much congestion in our courts today. Everything has to be decided by them.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com


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