Bob,

>I do, however, have questions regarding posting the material on the web 
>page, and allowing anyone (COMMON or otherwise) to sell the material 
>without royalty. If COMMON would put the presentation .PDF file on a CD-ROM 
>and distribute it to the CONFERENCE attendees, I have no problem with that. 
>But to put it on the Internet for people to download, I guess I'd have to 
>think about the benefit to the majority of the COMMON members before I 
>could agree with that.

 Why is being on the web w/ a copyright notice in the text any different
than a CD copy?

>And for all you hand-out "snarfers" out there... I guess if we print 200 
>copies for a room of attendees and 150 people attend the lecture, we should 
>end up with 50 left over copies. Hence 50 people can snarf the left overs. 
>The problem is when the snarfers come in at the beginning of the lecture 
>and don't sit in on it, and then we run out of copies for the attendees 
>that actually sit through the lecture.

 This is to be expected.  There are so many lectures going on at the same
time, that for every one we attend there may be 3 that we try for the
handouts.  Also, some of the more popular ones are "sold out" very quickly,
so we have to be content w/ only a handout.  Maybe the answer is to
pre-copy the usual number and have several centrally located, high speed
laser printers to print out any number of copies on demand.  The s/b a
networked computer in each session room to generate the copies.

 -mark

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