No dispute there, David. But if you can't get permission to publish the information on a public website, then a private one might be a solution.Whilst I understand what you say, if say I am new to Aster, or Gauge 1, how will I be able to find the site, and if so, who is going to invite me to see it?
I would think it much more useful if available to all who have an interest.
P.S. I personally can't imagine why anyone would worry about publishing model train information on a website like Jim's. A legal case would require the aggrieved party to prove they had suffered a loss. How much could you lose if someone re-posted your secret details of how to build an Aster kit. Or am I missing something here?