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Matt C
06-12-2002, 08:05 AM
Wudang martial arts center has published free aikido book.
You can download it from www.angelfire.com/art/maa

06-12-2002, 08:43 AM
Interesting. Does Ralph Pettman know you're distributing his work with your copyright on it? Just in case, I've dropped off a piece of e-mail to him to check.

People who are interested can read Ralph's work directly from his site at:


-- Jun

Matt C
06-12-2002, 02:48 PM
Dear Akiy.
Yes, Mr. Pettman knows that i published his work in pdf format at my site and about copyright, yes i'm copyright holder for that particular pdf-formatted publication, but not the author/owner for contents of it, so that's little bit different i think.
As you hopefully has noticed from
ralph's site, he has wrote that work is in public domain.

It' really surprising that it's
AIKIWEB who is "jealously" concerned copyrights about work
that they have nothing to do with.
Well, maybe this is good lesson for all of us.
-First impressions are not always right.

Matt Cheung

06-12-2002, 03:01 PM
Hi Matt,

The reason why I asked is because I have seen too many instances wherein copyrights have been violated in the "spirit" of spreading information about aikido (eg Oscar Ratti's images on every other aikido website). I don't see why it's surprising to you that I wonder about copyrights; it's something that applies to everyone.

I first read Mr. Pittman's work at least a few years ago on his site. It surprised me that someone would reproduce it in a different form and placed onto it a copyright which, in and of itself, seemed to take away all rights ("All rights reserved. Copyright Wudang Martial Arts Center. Matt Cheung") from the author himself. Just because something is in the public domain does not mean the author does not retain its copyright. A proper copyright would have indicated that the copyright still belongs to Mr. Pittman; the wording that you placed onto the document was, to use your word, surprising.

-- Jun