This is what I remember saying or at least was trying to convey to him: A person wanting to propagate a few haskap for self and friends would not be given a licence nor would we want to receive a royalty from that person because that would insinuate that that was acceptable. We have only granted licences to bona-fide companies and occasionally to local farmers who have participated in our program as volunteers. I also said that the University can’t afford to sue a gardener or make a big fuss over a gardener who is doing limited propagation and not selling plants. It is not an activity we want to condone or promote.
Being told you won't likely be caught is very different from being given the go ahead to do it. Gardeners often break such rules but that doesn’t mean it is ethical. It is a mixed bag, on one hand it is considerate that Mr. B. offered to pay royalties, but on the other hand by posting such a thing he is in effect taking away even more royalties. I do wonder if Mr. B. really appreciates our plant breeding activities? If he does he won’t post things like this in the future.