Re: Re: Public Domain Images

From: Joseph Pietro Riolo <riolo[_at_]>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2004 22:40:03 -0500

To Cory (identified as "PPCVIDZ.COM ADMINISTRATION" <admin[_at_]>),

I am sorry to say this but you are losing the battle.

They (I would love to know their name) trapped you with their license. This is one area that many users of the public domain materials are not well educated or informed about. (Fishman's book _The Public Domain: How to Find and Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More_ has some information on the danger of license. See second and seventeenth chapters in the book.)

Only one hope I can see in your situation is whether you agree to their terms and conditions at the first place. If not, you have a better chance to avoid paying the fees.

On the other hand, if you do agree to their terms and conditions, it is time to think seriously. Maybe, you can sell your assests to pay the fees or borrow money from a bank or credit company although the rate will be very high. Declaring bankruptcy as suggested by Mr. Bodi is unwise (because that will hurt your ability to get credit and you cannot have another bankruptcy for the next 7 years) and should be used only as the very last resort.

Although what they do by putting restrictions on the uses of the public domain materials through license is very despicable, that despicable action is unfortunately common throughout museums, libraries, non-profit and for-profit organizations, open and proprietary software, publishers of electronic books, and so on.

As the saying goes, live and learn.

Joseph Pietro Riolo

Number of days left until 1-1-2019 when all knowledge of 1923 in the land of the U.S.A. will be freed from their copyright owners' prisons: 5,478

Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions in this post in the public domain. Received on Fri Jan 02 2004 - 08:40:03 GMT

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