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Legal works are very formulaic, actually. I wouldn't be at all surprised
to see them "plagiarized" all over the place. In fact, lawyers probably
like that sort of thing. I doubt it's a gray area. Heck, consult a
lawyer over that too! ;-)
Yes, get the lawyer involved. This is not a documentation effort except
for the fact that you need to leave room for it in your pub. I know
there are tech writers who work in legal settings, but this is not an
area where your efforts to "clean up" or work on the language will be
appreciated, and if you're not trained in legal writing then you
shouldn't be responsible for it. The lawyer should play the primary
role, should provide all the language. If the attorney is not familiar
with this area of law then by all means provide samples but it is up to
the attorney to research and come up with the appropriate language to
protect the company.
From: bounce-techwr-l-53104 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-53104 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Ashley
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 5:32 AM
Subject: License Agreement/Information
I am currently working on a manual for a parking and facility management
software package. I am starting to think about the licensing agreement
information that I will include in the front of the manual. I looked in
the archives and could not find resources or guides that may help me
with this task. So, I am posting to the list. I know what we did at my
last job, but I do not feel that it is ethical for me to use that
agreement as a template for this job (very gray area I would rather
avoid). So, I was hoping that someone could let me know of other
possible resources. I have found a few websites and looked in software
manuals I own for ideas. I am sure our attorney will also play a role in
this effort. Have I covered all options?
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