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  1. Whilst "copyright" is not inherent in the material, there is no official registration required through any government agency. Registration is recommended however, as it entitles the copyright holder to seek statutory damages and legal fees. Registration after the copyright infringement only entitles the copyright holder to seek actual damages and lost profits. The material must however meet 'minimal standards of originality' if it is to qualify for a copyright. My 2 cents with regard to online media :- i) If it can be read, it can be cut and pasted. ii) If it can be seen, it can be captured. iii) If it can be heard, it can be ripped. Bottom line - If you want 'bullet proof' intellectual property protection, DON'T post it on the internet !!
  2. No question about it. Cotton. It's the fabric of our lives.
  3. I'm with stevemcn on this one - velcro may not work as good, but the other tool would give me 'fingernails on a chalkboard' every time I used it !!!
  4. Never heard the term 'micro-bugger', but I've been fishing size 10 & 12 wooly buggers for some time now - there are picky fish in a catch & release stretch I fish that more often than not will ignore anything big, especially if it's not dawn or dusk.
  5. I like these UNI-Trays :- http://www.jsflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/item/O...NI-Tray-II.html A little pricey, but they keep your spooled materials from unraveling and away from dust, which is important if you're storing silks etc.
  6. I thought 'hatchery pellet' too and then 'bait' ...
  7. Roy - It doesn't say on any of the steps listed if it's safe to let go and answer the phone ... :hyst:
  8. Does the phone always ring when you're in the middle of tying that parachute fly ? Then the 720 vise system is for YOU ! Just grab that hackle with the gallows/plier attachment and answer that call ! (Insert catchy Ron Popeil 'Set It and Forget It' type phrase here)
  9. My position, which has shifted over the years I must admit, is that if it is within the rules then have at it, otherwise you're left with the question 'Who sets the unwritten rule as to whether a fly is acceptable or not'. Best way to justify using what may be classed as a 'marginal' pattern is to tamp down the barb, handle the fish properly (or not at all) while releasing it - no harm done. Let's face it - leisure time can be short - wouldn't you rather be catching fish ? Granted, if it get's 'too easy' which I doubt, then there is no sport & therefore no fly fishing. Then again, if you want to adhere to the English Chalkstream rules of upstream casts to rising fish only, then go for it ! P.S. This 'San Juan Worm Ball' does look pretty 'obscene', but if it were the last fly I though would have a chance to work, then I might just be tempted to try it .....
  10. Cheated ? Nooooo ! The way I see it, you demonstrated the adaptability of fly tying to the situation. Without fear of contradiction, I can say that this is one of the great reasons why we tie our own flies.
  11. You must have hit that poor guy up pretty hard with the scissors - he looks SCARED !! :hyst: I agree with sulfernut - it's a fish catcher. Great first try. My first deer hair fly looked like a hook that was dipped in glue and rolled around in floor sweepings ! It met it's fate with the razor blade minutes later ....
  12. heres one from jim teeny for what is essentially is the "teeny nymph" but it may be for the tying method http://www.freepatentsonline.com/3821862.html another http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4559736.html These are 'tying method' patents as you were guessing and for my money not really worth the paper they are written on. Why ? because a patent is worthless if it cannot be enforced. Sure, if Umpqua or Orvis started selling flies tied using Teeny's methods then it MAY be worth his while trying to muscle in on the action, if he really has a claim (and enough cash to get the lawyers kick started). This is where it gets interesting - more often than not the investment in legal fees to chase a patent infringement far outweighs the potential payback - one time licensing sum or royalties going forward. What is interesting is that if you read the first patent description above it reads like the steps for tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph - tie in PT, wrap to form the body and if you want legs, bring the butts down and under instead of clipping them off - WAIT A MINUTE - Jim Teeny invented the method for tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph with legs ? - what, because nobody else bothered to apply for a patent ? I'm willing to BET there is a ton of 'prior art' on this one !!
  13. You can't patent a pattern, as I pointed out - I was proceeding on the supposition that you could in order to show that a minor tweak to a famous pattern won't get you very far anyways. To get 'famous' with a pattern, it has to be a proven fish catcher. Guides/fly shops that develop really good flies have the best opportunity to make this happen in my opinion. Word gets out to a number of people, they use the pattern and catch fish with it. The next step is publishing an article about the fly in a magazine or book, should they decide to pursue things further. No mean feat - most patterns that make the grade are far from 'hot off the press' - often they have been developed over the course of many seasons.
  14. Let me start by saying that as far as I am aware, patents don't apply to fly patterns. But if they did .... In the game of patents, there is a term 'prior art'. 'Prior art' means information made available to the public prior to a particular date in connection with any patent application and/or claims of originality. If the 'Peacock Red' were to be the subject of a patent application, then the Patent Office would find the 'Light Spruce' while performing their prior art search, at which point it would be discovered that the 'Peacock Red' is pretty much a 'Light Spruce' with a rib and other small variations - Game over. If a piece of intellectual property isn't 'prior art', then it is classed as a 'trade secret' - most likely some of the best patterns through the ages started life as 'trade secrets' - their inventors kept them to themselves for a period of time - if you have patterns you don't want 'ripped off', then keep them secret !!
  15. Hmmm, mm and where did I say it was worth a #$%* ! You didn't - you said it was worth $200 !! Seriously though - great idea, especially for guys that have a hard time tying with scissors in hand at all times.
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