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  copy, shmopy: semantics
  Posted by: gnarlydog on Jan-08-13 6:01 PM (EST)

Emanoh, thank you for a sensible and well articulated reply making some very valid points when it comes to “reviews” from owners of gear :-)
Just before you guys go further bashing Mick’s spelling, can I let you know that he is dyslexic and does not have somebody else do the writing for him.

I can’t recall saying anywhere that Flat Earth is holding a patent on their sails, I just said that they area copies.
I came to this conclusion after I was informed (both parties) that Falcon sails acquired a couple of Flat Earth just prior to launching their design. I also said allegedly.
Copy does not mean, as some seem to interpret as bad, or stolen design.
Unless there is a patent on a design there is no infringement (but let’s stay away from copyright as it would open a totally new can of worms).
I don’t believe Mick’s sail are totally innovative as he adopted designs from existing sails and then modified to his taste/knowledge.
Heck, he even approached me early on and “copied” my mast base. Just as I am happy to share my knowledge on sails and other kayak related findings, Mick is happy to help people with their own creations. He will sell fabric and components alone if one wishes to make his/her own sail. He often advises individuals on how to make their rigs, something that I don’t know any other manufacturer willing to share.
I simply say copy when I see too strong a similarity between the two products.
No patents, no copyright.
And for the readers bored with these semantics here is yet another fun sailing video instead:

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