Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Lens Designs and history- the only take
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 20:45:40 -0400

slink, slink, slink.....

Dan :o (

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From: Marc James Small <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 30, 1999 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Lens Designs and history- the only take

> At 12:11 PM 7/30/1999 -0400, Dan Post wrote:
> >
> >Man is an innovator and an adaptor; we may not condone it, and we may
> >eschew it, but it is a fact of life, and human nature. I am sure that
> >whosoever builds a better mousetrap, is going to anger the original
> >of the mousetrap for 'stealing' the idea.
> WRONG, Dan, WRONG:  the buzzer goes off and you, shame-faced, slink to the
> back of the class.
> What Voigtlander did to Petzval or what Nikon and Canon did to Zeiss and
> Zeiss Ikon and Leitz was not a case of improving on an existing product.
> It was a straight theft.  No improvement.  No further research.  Just a
> direct copy.
> Again, put this in line of a professional photographer's copyright to his
> work.  If someone prints one of this professional's pictures and sells it,
> then he or she has committed a copyright violation and owes Big Bucks for
> the infringement.  Well, that is precisely what I am speaking of.
> Yes, Canon and Nikon DID go on to do their own design work, just as
> Voigtlander did, but this came later in all three cases.  The success of
> all three companies was based on raw and rotten thievery and I can no more
> condone this than I could the theft of one of Ted's pictures.
> Marc
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