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Re: One person's opinion

I sympathize, and I don't want to start a fight, and I didn't put any of your
plants into tc, but if you sold the plant without a patent, I'm afraid you don't
have a leg to stand on. I really don't see any difference between putting the
plant in tc and buying a hosta and selling divisions without giving the breeder a
cut of the profit.  It's just a matter of scale.

Most growers buy tc plants, and I think most of us know that the breeders
generally don't get a commission. It seems to me that if I object to my plants
going into tc, then I shouldn't buy anyone else's plants from a lab unless they
are getting a commission. And if that's the ethical thing to do, how can I divide
one of Mildred Seaver's introductions and sell it without sending her a check?  I
think it's a shame, but until the breeders find a way to convince the labs that
it is in their interest to share the rewards with them, as Jim Anderson does, you
just have to accept the fact that once you sell an unpatented plant, the buyers
can do just about anything they want to with it, just as you can divide and
resell any unpatented plant that you buy.


LakesideRM@aol.com wrote:

> Doing what is right should not have to be enforced by law.  If man were only
> half what God wants him to be then we would not have to write rules to govern
> right and wrong.
> This leads into the fact that it is wrong to approbate another's property.
> For this reason I cannot understand why supposedly upstanding members of the
> AHS feel they have a right to take a plant that has been developed by a
> hybridizer. The hybridizer has spent years working to produce the plant.  In
> a period of the 10 to 15 years the plant has cost considerable in time,
> energy and money.  When the get rich quick person, that can't take time to do
> the necessary work to make their on varieties, throws that new plant into a
> TC lab it becomes impossible for the hybridizer to recoup the cost of
> producing and registering the plant.
> I feel strongly that the above described action is dishonest.  At present I
> know of at least 4 people that are working behind my back, never mentioning
> to me that they plan to mass produce my introductions.  If you are among the
> group you can now know that I have no respect for you.  You are trying to
> line your pockets at my expense.
> There may not be a written law saying it is wrong but I ask you how do you
> sleep at night?  Two other people have done this to me in the past few years.
>  I have discovered their deed only by reading someone else's report or
> finding the plants on a wholesale list offered to the public.  These two
> people did not have the courage or the decency to even call to inform me of
> their action which had a great influence on my plans for the following years.
> At this time I would like to add that Jim Anderson at Winterberry Gardens and
> Walters Gardens have been completely up front about all of my plants and that
> I really appreciate their code of ethics.
> Mary
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