I have a question of ethics that i would like to pose to you guys.
It does not necessarily belong in this subforum more than any other, but I feel like i know many of the regular posters on "Mechanics" and I would like to hear what you have to say about this.
I am in the market for a nice new, possibly custom-made Titanium frame.
I have been talking to 2 different manufacturers/vendors about this. Naturally they want me to provide as much detail as possible about what I want.
On a whim, I sent an email to the top-ranked , most expensive Ti bike maker and asked them to send me jpg of blueprints/plans for their bike model which I consider nicest.
To my amazement, they actually sent these plans, detailed drawings. There are no Copyright declarations on the plans.
By now you've figured out where I'm going with this.
If I just email plans to XACD in China, they guarantee to duplicate exactly for $US700 delivered. Let's assume for the moment that they are skilled and experienced in working with Ti and can actually do this.
As far as I know, there is no legal problem since there is no copyright declaration.
I could photoshop the plans and mask out anything that identifies exactly where the plans came from or what they represent.
Or I could pay $3000-4000 for the real thing and probably sleep better at night.
What do you think?