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-HH- Beebop
11-09-2006, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by La7_brook:
this very sad or just greed http://www.revell.com/News_Viewer.news1+M52af45614a7.0.html
It's been brought up before but when I found this thread in the Paint Schemes Forum it reminded me we still can have an affect on this piece of legislation.
I think this IS important, not just for our game but for the memory of those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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major_setback
11-09-2006, 05:29 PM
The fact is this doesn't just affect people in the US. As we have seen with this (FB/PF) sim the resullts of US legislation affect simmers/gamers/model makers from all over the world (as well as all those who enjoy models and sims).
Please US citizens, put pressure on your government (via senators etc) to allow model makers and sim developers to replicate historic vehicles and aircraft...For the sake of yourselves and everyone else around the world.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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AFSG_Bulldog
11-09-2006, 07:43 PM
I am in favor of allowing model makers and simulation developers the freedom to use images of planes and such without having to pay a licensing fee.

However if you have ever tried to contact your government officials you will find that it is a useless effort.

I have tried to write to my representitaves on a number of occassions. almost all of the tries were for a legitimate concern of a voting citizen. However, you are limited to the topics you can discuss. You can not just send them an email on just any topic. You have to pick from a list of topics. Then some pimply faces clerk actually reads the email. Not the representative. You will get a canned reply from the representative's office. (Maybe.. Because Arnold Schwarzenegger's office has never replied to anything I have asked him)

Most of the time the reply you get back has absolutely nothing to do with what you inquired about in the first place.

You might actually get more action if you called them. Or if you know someone who knows someone and has them relay the message, you might get some reply. But I would not hold my breath.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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berg417448
11-09-2006, 08:08 PM
Depends upon the representative. I once wrote a letter to the editor and was surprised later to receive a hand written note from my congressman about the subject even though my letter was not about him.

AFSG_Bulldog
11-10-2006, 06:39 AM
That is because your letter was in the public print forum. It was seen by many people. No one sees the email which is sent through their official web site. I doubt you would have as much luck trying to contact them directly.

But that brings up an interesting option though.

In lieu of writing directly to your representative, write to the news services and mention the inactivity of your representatives to take positive action on the issue.

That will certainly catch their eye and possibly make them get off their dead butts and do their jobs for once.

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triad773
11-10-2006, 09:26 AM
I'd had pretty good luck at least getting a acknowledgment from my senators in Illinois. Here's what I wrote to mine:

Please support support House Bill 4806, Military Toy Replica Act. The defense contractors are trying to collect royalties on intellectual property that was developed with tax payer money.

There has already been a casualty of defense contractor's infringing in this area. As a result of Northrop Grumman's lawsuit against a developer named Oleg Maddox, (see http://www.pacific-fighters.com/) there is a WWII Flight Simulator with no US torpedo bomber. Sort of ruins any attempt to simulate or recreate history of that conflict.

This may seem trivial, but defense contractors claiming intellectual property rights on material developed with tax payer money is unacceptable.

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zbw_109
11-10-2006, 04:59 PM
The companies should only have rights to stuff still in production (just my opinion)<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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