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Friday, 21 September 2001
By Print 21 Online Article

It will present a full day free seminar in major capital cities in October. Sponsored by WAM!Net and the Printing Industries Association (PIA), it brings together such key work flow players as Adobe, Agfa, Optus and Red Source.The series of seminars will be broken into corporate and media sessions.
The corporate session looks how corporations can get value out of their IT spend. The media session answers how collaboration and customer content management can deliver a solution to all businesses.
In Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on 16-18th October 2001, don’t miss it. Info to register from WAM!NET Australia – 02 9460 2665 or

Goss moves overseas
Web press maker Goss has closed its last US plant and transferred all its press manufacturing to sites in France, England, Japan, and China. About 370 workers at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plant were dismissed without severance payments in the August 31 closure. Another 90 employees were fired at Goss’ headquarters in the Chicago.
According to a report in Editor & Publisher, Goss insists the move will not change its ability to service customers.
“We are fully able to satisfy any and all single-width or double-width customer demand in the Americas or in the international markets from our existing product ranges,” said Goss President Richard Sutis.
“We already manufacture Community presses in Shanghai, China, and a version of the Urbanite in Sayama, Japan. Existing Urbanites can also be expanded by shaftless Universal towers as an alternative.”

Reader’s Digest goes stochastic
Hannanprint in Alexandria claim an Australian first with the heatset web printing of Reader’s Digest with CreoScitex Staccato screening. The process moves away from the traditional half tone dot used in offset printing to imaging the plate with a multitude of randomly placed spots.
Stochastic screening allows for smoother skin tones, fewer artefacts such as moiré and deeper colours. Hannanprint predicts that most of its magazines and catalogues will switch to stochastic screening within the year.

If you can’t beat them
Xerox has sold its first offset presses in the US, marking a significant milestone in the company’s move to a complete provider to the graphic arts market. Four of the five are for Xerox DocuColor 233 DI-4 direct imaging digital offset presses. The fifth press was a Xerox DocuColor 400 DI-5.
All DocuColor DI Series models use the Presstek ProFire on-press laser imaging system.
“The impact digital technologies are having on the graphic arts workflow is creating what we call The New Business of Printing, characterised by just-in-time turnarounds and personalised printing services delivered over the internet,” said Elaine Wilde, senior vice president and general manager, Xerox Worldwide Graphic Arts Business.
” Xerox also is undergoing a major transformation into a company that offers a broad and complete range of products, solutions and services for the graphic arts marketplace.”

Toner cartridge re-fillers take Lexmark to court,
They claim Lexmark engaged in false and misleading conduct in advertising a rebate program for laser cartridges sold at lower prices than identical Lexmark cartridges. The only difference is that consumers supposedly agreed – by the act of opening up the rebated cartridge box – not to recycle the cartridge to remanufacturers.
The complaint, filed in California, said Lexmark’s statement that its rebate program, which is called a prebate because it occurs before any cartridge is returned to Lexmark, lowers the cost of printing and helps the environment, was false. The real purpose of the prebate, according to the complaint, is to deprive remanufacturers of the used cartridges that they need to provide low-cost competition to Lexmark.

Steal This Session
A new digital rights session has been added to Seybold San Francisco’s 2001 Seybold Summit on Wednesday, September 26 at the Moscone Center. The conference track entitled Steal This Session: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Great Debate, examines the hotly contested issues surrounding the controversy of this new US law.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) created in 1998 to bring copyright law into the digital-age has recently come under fire. The arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov in July has rekindled criticism that the DMCA exceeds protecting owners of copyright against piracy.
In an open forum discussion, experts will discuss if the DMCA is too harsh, whether its exceptions are sufficient, and whether it strikes the right balance between commercial publishers and individuals.

And finally this from Pincus Jaspert, industry guru and all round good guy.

There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch him do this day after day. The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened.
He heard nothing.
He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”
The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”

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