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When copyright control goes too far
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I must have been living on an island for the past 2 years. I bought a brand new paperback copy of PMBOK 6, only to open it and find ghastly gray pages from cover to cover. Thin pages, many of which were stuck together, with what appeared to be smudges on some of the pages, not to mention the shock of stark white tables swimming in a sea of gray waste. Upon a little research, I found that PMI did this to prevent copyright abuse. How about PMI gives me a clean white copy of the PMBOK I can actually read, and with the full price I paid, go after copyright infringers. Either that or lower the price to match the lower quality. But don't pass the cost (by keeping the price the same) onto the vast majority who don't abuse copyright.
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I remember when I was in University, taking text books to the University's' library photocopiers and copying large swathes of text book for study purposes instead of buying the book. Those days every student was aware of the 'Sony' ruling which apparently allowed persons to copy up to twenty percent of a text book without the fear of prosecution. Since then, this ruling has been over-ruled and this situation does not longer exist. As a result publishers and content providers are coming up with novel ways to prevent their Intellectual property from been stolen. The method employed by PMI for PMBOK V6 is just one such way that they have employed to deter would be copiers. Also if you receive the electronic version of the PMBOK, then they have employed similar techniques.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Nov 16, 2019 12:01 PM
Sante Vergini
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I use to hate the watermark on my electronic copy, but I would take that any day over the washed gray jeans look I'm faced with every time I open this paperback version.
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I noticed the page color with the Agile Practice Guide. As I was part of the reviewers, I was mailed a copy. At first, I thought it was a pre-general availability type of version of the book. But then I rec'd another and it was the same. Did not realize the PMBOK was the same. Also did not realize the why behind it.

That is quite surprising. I am not a fan of the page color and had wished the customers were not the ones to pay the consequence.
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2 replies by Andrew Craig and Sante Vergini
Nov 16, 2019 12:03 PM
Sante Vergini
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Maybe as part of your review you should have recommended not to use gray paper, but I'm sure that wouldn't have been on the survey/questionnaire ;-)
Nov 16, 2019 12:14 PM
Andrew Craig
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Yes, paper style, type not part of the review :)
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I would not be surprised if PMI entirely does away with paper publications of its standards and practice guides in favor of locked down soft copies. At least with the PDF versions, they are watermarked with our PMI IDs so copyright violation concerns can be addressed without impacting readability.

Kiron
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Nov 16, 2019 12:09 PM
Sante Vergini
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They will eventually for sure. Until that day, PM's who want a tangible copy sitting on their bookshelf will have to settle for a gray monolith. Soon they may issue their PMI certificates in gray just in case someone steals it, scans it, cut and pastes their name over it, and presents that soft copy to potential employees, 95% of whom never check the validity of the certificate or request a hardcopy.
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Nov 16, 2019 5:58 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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I remember when I was in University, taking text books to the University's' library photocopiers and copying large swathes of text book for study purposes instead of buying the book. Those days every student was aware of the 'Sony' ruling which apparently allowed persons to copy up to twenty percent of a text book without the fear of prosecution. Since then, this ruling has been over-ruled and this situation does not longer exist. As a result publishers and content providers are coming up with novel ways to prevent their Intellectual property from been stolen. The method employed by PMI for PMBOK V6 is just one such way that they have employed to deter would be copiers. Also if you receive the electronic version of the PMBOK, then they have employed similar techniques.
I use to hate the watermark on my electronic copy, but I would take that any day over the washed gray jeans look I'm faced with every time I open this paperback version.
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Nov 16, 2019 7:22 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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I noticed the page color with the Agile Practice Guide. As I was part of the reviewers, I was mailed a copy. At first, I thought it was a pre-general availability type of version of the book. But then I rec'd another and it was the same. Did not realize the PMBOK was the same. Also did not realize the why behind it.

That is quite surprising. I am not a fan of the page color and had wished the customers were not the ones to pay the consequence.
Maybe as part of your review you should have recommended not to use gray paper, but I'm sure that wouldn't have been on the survey/questionnaire ;-)
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Nov 16, 2019 9:39 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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I would not be surprised if PMI entirely does away with paper publications of its standards and practice guides in favor of locked down soft copies. At least with the PDF versions, they are watermarked with our PMI IDs so copyright violation concerns can be addressed without impacting readability.

Kiron
They will eventually for sure. Until that day, PM's who want a tangible copy sitting on their bookshelf will have to settle for a gray monolith. Soon they may issue their PMI certificates in gray just in case someone steals it, scans it, cut and pastes their name over it, and presents that soft copy to potential employees, 95% of whom never check the validity of the certificate or request a hardcopy.
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Nov 16, 2019 7:22 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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I noticed the page color with the Agile Practice Guide. As I was part of the reviewers, I was mailed a copy. At first, I thought it was a pre-general availability type of version of the book. But then I rec'd another and it was the same. Did not realize the PMBOK was the same. Also did not realize the why behind it.

That is quite surprising. I am not a fan of the page color and had wished the customers were not the ones to pay the consequence.
Yes, paper style, type not part of the review :)
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Dear Sante
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

How do you think copyright should be protected?

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