Every day around the globe, in every company that designs or builds a product, thousands
of engineers reference copyrighted materials in the workplace-- Technical documentation.
Standards. Design specifications. But few understand what they are allowed to do
in terms of copying and distributing this protected content. Misuse is rampant, putting
the individual and their company at risk for copyright infringement.
The global economy has raised the stakes in standards development. Competition for
the advantages that accompany a widespread adoption of technology has reached a
new level, and the impetus to develop globally accepted standards is greater now
than ever before.¹