Re: Using Text from Microsoft Manual of Style

Subject: Re: Using Text from Microsoft Manual of Style
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 07:59:50 +1100

Karen writes:

>I have a question about the legality of using
> information from the Microsoft Manual of Style
> in our own company style
> guide


Style rules cannot be protected by copyright.
However, specific ways of presenting them
can be. You should definitely acknowledge
the sources of any information you publish
that you are knowingly taking from another
source. That's just ordinary courtesy.

I can't imagine that Microsoft Press would
have any problem with people quoting their
style-guide for non-commercial purposes --
but it would be best to ask for permission
anyway.

In the meantime, publish the style guide with
an appropriate acknowledgement of any borrowed
sources.

(This is not a lawyer talking -- just an ordinary
burned-out publication manager.)

--
Michael West
Melbourne, Australia






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