Originally Posted by Platibus
I get what you're saying. In Med-School it's common for students to borrow books from the library and take photostatic copies of them to study. The author isn't getting any part of it, so does that mean students are breaking the law and deserve jail time, as the guys who do the same with entertainment products? Think about it.
Take that a step further and ask:
Did the author of said book do all of the research that went into that text?
Did they have to rely on the collective knowledge of researchers that came before them?
If so, did they search them out to pay them for the text or research that they gained from their research?
I'm guessing probably not just as PC game makers don't search out and pay the people that originally wrote the base programming that are used in today's programs....since we all know that all modern programming is an extension of what has came before...