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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
June 1997 - 17[6]:48

Using Our Copyrighted Materials
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D. and Wayne Jackson, M.A.

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However, when some well-meaning preacher, Bible class teacher, or parent decides to “save a little money” by photocopying an issue for students’ use, all our efforts are for nought. The end result is a pitiful-looking, black-and-white, poor imitation of the original. Children are the losers when this occurs. Our work is strictly non-profit; we do not want to “make money.” What we do want is for the child to get the full benefit of the actual full-color reproduction, which is why we routinely deny requests to photocopy, or otherwise reproduce Discovery. [NOTE: The exception is the activity pages in each month’s issue, which may be copied for student use.] We deny permission to duplicate our video tapes for the same reason—the loss in quality in dubbing from one generation to the next causes the end product to be undesirable.

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