|To:||Geoffrey Dabb <>|
|Subject:||HANZAB ought be available on the Internet.|
|From:||Denis Wilson <>|
|Date:||Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:55:52 +1000|
I thank the various members of the COG chatline for their responses - both on and off line.|
I realise that HANZAB was a huge publishing venture, and yes, of course I realise that there are commercial considerations involved.
However, my hope was that by throwing my little pebble in the pond of the COG Chatline, that one day a tsunami might just reach as far away as the hallowed halls of the Board of Birds Australia. If not a tsunami, then at least a ripple, to suggest to them that they ought live up to the various promises which they have given, to at least provide a subscription servce to HANZAB.
In response to one of Philip's points, there is a difference between referring to a reference text, for research purposes, and plagiarising it. Indeed there is the concept of "Fair Use" accepted within US Copyright Law, or "Fair Dealing" (in Australian law), and which has been accepted as part of Internet practice.
In answer to several (different) suggestions about why something which some people have paid large amounts of money for ought be available free - I would like to draw the distinction between the information available in HANZAB and the physical copies. We all know books have a value which is seldom related to the intrinsic worth of the information contained therein. Book collectors know that, Booksellers make a living from that, too.
Anthony Powell expressed that nicely with his work: "Books Do Furnish a Room".
I am inviting COG members to consider the information of HANZAB as being worthy of being demanded to enter the Commons. After all, Shakespeare, Dickens, and The Bible (and vast numbers of other fine texts) are all publicly available. I do not expect (or aspire) to own an historic version of the Bible, bound in black Moroccan Leather with a gold leaf lettering on the binding. But I can freely look up the passage in the New Testament where Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in the Temple.
On the COG forum, that seems as good a point as any to leave this debate.
On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:
"The Nature of Robertson"
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