Fair Use Rights
Information Wants to be Free!
Retain your rights to use my work...
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I'm actually a bit miffed by even having to bother with this formality. I put
stuff up on my web sites so anyone interested can review and use or ignore it as
they see fit. Enjoy it, deride it, or figure out how to make a million dollars
with it, there's no warranty or guarantee here, so that's all fine by me.
In fact, when I'm cruising the net, I'm generally pleased to come across a page
where someone has snipped some part of my pages and incorporated it into their own.
When I'm given credit I try and drop them a note to say thanks. And, even those
of you who have taken a bit of my work and pasted it in to yours with not
exactly not taking credit for it, (you know who you are, (and so do I...;^)...)),
I don't really mind all that much, and won't try and embarrass you by pointing
However, there is one thing that annoys me (a lot), and that is someone using my
information to block the work of others. I'm speaking of patents. In the last
few years there have been awarded a number of what in my opinion are (somewhat
lame) attempts at "submarine" patents in the realm of Tesla Turbines and
turbogenerators. If someone were to go into a commercial turbine venture I'd
posit these patents are so weak, (many just being rehashes of Tesla's now
expired patents, and others with points so specific they are of little practical
value), that they would be of no concern. As I see it, these patents are really
more a statement about wide spread failings of the USPTO (particularly in
ignoring prior art and no longer using the "obvious to one skilled in the art"
filter) and the greed of patent attorneys, than about the patent holders. Be
that as it may, recently I have come across a couple of patent applications
referencing my web pages in their disclosures. And, that I'm not going to just
stand by for. To wit:
NO PART OF THE INFORMATION CONTENT AVAILABLE UNDER THE INTERNET LINK:
(HEREAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE "HYDROBAY ARCHIVE") OR AVAILABLE FROM ANY
REDIRECTION OR COPY OF THE HYDROBAY ARCHIVE MAY BE USED WITHIN ANY PATENT
APPLICATION AND NO PATENTS ARE TO BE ISSUED ON ANY PART OF THE HYDROBAY
ARCHIVE OR IDEAS CONTAINED IN THE HYDROBAY ARCHIVE WITHOUT THE EXPRESS
PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR: Alan M. Swithenbank.
(And, it's a pretty good bet Stanford University would have something to say
about that as well...)
Further, all original text, images, code, mechanical designs, and electronic
designs within the hydrobay archive are now released under one or more of the
GPL and Creative Commons licenses, and possibly others. Which licenses will be
applied to specific elements of the hydrobay archive will be formally expressed
as soon as I have time to sort out what works best for which elements.
Also, to make sure there is no question about publication dates, well prior to
each future posting of a major content update to the hydrobay archive, the full
contents of the archive including the major update content will have already
been submitted to a third party secure archive service, such as:
Hopefully that will be sufficient to keep everything here available to anyone,
and we can all get back to having fun!
Use it, don't hog it!
AMUSING RELATED ANECDOTE:
Amusing in a minorly annoying sort of way. I took a phone call yesterday (17
December 2008) from someone claiming that they held the copyright on the "Left
Hand Rule." Apparently they are associated with some kind of educational service
which includes an element containing the "Left Hand Rule," and their material
is copyrighted. He wondered what book I copied the "Left Hand Rule" material
from for my website. He seemed quite bewildered when I told him I didn't copy it
from a book, but, was just expressing what I had learned in some physics class
from 25 or more years ago. In fact, he seemed to be having a hard time believing
that the "Left Hand Rule" was available anywhere other than from their
copyrighted material. I was polite, but, did essentially explain to him just
how clueless he really is. He managed to convince himself that it must be
only in advanced physics books he hadn't seen, and allowed that my use of the
"Left Hand Rule" was legitimate. "Goodbye." Hang up. ROTFLMAO!!
Whatever...certainly has been a source of great amusement for me and a bunch
of my friends, and probably most anyone who actually reads this. (He claimed to
have attended Stanford...and, I really thought we grew them a bit smarter than
that around here...;^)...)
Now, I'm always up for a good joke, even as the butt, particularly if it's a
really good one. But, seriously, if you are so completely clueless that you
don't understand copyrighting educational material does not mean you then own
the basic physical principles underlying that material, please don't waste my
time. I've got way more important things to deal with, like picking belly-button
Last updated 18December2008
Alan Swithenbank, email@example.com