My bad. It read as an affirmation. www.eff.org seems to wish for a free for all. Ii is not the first time I have been to that website. I don’t take their view as doctrinal. There was nothing I read in that article to suggest anything “nitty and gritty”, just a conclusion of some lawyer, or legal correspondent, whatever they call themselves as to their conclusion of copyright laws being enforced, or in this case, not. It seems naive to think that Congress much legislate every item that can or cannot be stolen. Intent of law is paramount, otherwise we face anarchy.
I have designed 3 dimensional models that I have been asked to distribute, in the U.S and in Germany. Think about it, 2 distributors asking for my work, all lined up. I know that within a week of releasing it they will be pirated, as they are in .pdf format. Considering that it would be $10 for the download, of which you could print as many as you wanted and sell the completed model for whatever you wanted to, heck, you could even print out pages and sell them, $10 dollars is not much to ask. Months of work will go down the tubes. 1000’s of dollars worth of CAD software and I can’t even break even on it because of the nature of the beast. So, real world experience trumps theoretical or intellectual masturbation (offered by sites like www.eff.org, not you). You create something, throw it out there, then lose it, it will leave you with a stomach ache.
This not a picture of the finished model, just most of it. The Russian A90 Orlyonok. This model is basically finished. I have unfolded the model and built it. It is around 18 inches long when completed. It is not done with Pepakura or any freeware program. This is done with the same program NASA uses to do the Space Shuttle Tiles. It is to scale and the blueprints were obtained for my by a friend who purchased them in Moscow. I may make an advanced version with a full interior. Maybe not, as of right now, I am the only person in the world with a paper representation of this craft. There are some awesome scratchbuilds made of resin and Revelle made a plastic model which is no longer in production, it was not as accurate.
I hope our government pushes for the interests of our country with all due force and representation. On the other hand, I would not be so foolish to think that someone should go to jail for downloading a pirated version of my model. They can go to Hell, but I wouldn’t wish prison on them.