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Re: trying to track info on springfield

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, at 11:02 a.m., in response to Re: trying to track info on springfield, posted by Lane Douglas on Tuesday, 25 September 2012, at 7:39 p.m.

John Spangler hosted what amounted to an index of the data at no charge to the public. If you wanted any details you still had to go to SRS, for a letter, but at least you knew the gun had been recorded - a MAJOR point, because no one in their right mind would ever go into the archives looking for one specific number.

SRS pulled the plug, in what I have always felt was one of the meanest (and dumbest) business decisions, in our hobby, of all time. Claim was that "dealers" were charging more for specimens that had a hit, thus "taking money" from SRS. Never could figure that one out. One does not discard free advertising, and, how did he hope to then capture said money for himself, in the first place? I'll bet his orders for letters went in the tank.

But, as Tom Trevor has pointed out in another post, the material is ALL copyrighted (and SRS has stated that they will vigorously defend same - even though at the last word of which I am aware, they have no intent to ever make it available again - those rapacious dealers, you know).

While some legal luminaries have stated that the raw serial numbers themselves are absolutely NOT copyrightable - only the data extracted at SRS expense, and even that would be questionable because the source records are in the public domain - an actual verbatim copy of the old CD surely WOULD bring a copyright suit - and, chameleon that I can be, I'd have to agree with that action. A stupid business decision does not vacate one's legal rights.


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