RE: Two questions about Copyright notices

Subject: RE: Two questions about Copyright notices
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 15:12:13 -0400

If I may play the part of your customer for a moment:

1) I don't need to see a copyright date, but I understand that you need
to show me one. In that case, I prefer to see a single copyright date
for the whole printed manual. I don't care if it says (c) 2009 or (c)
2009-2010 -- doesn't matter to me. But I really don't need to see two
separate copyright dates on a single printed manual.

2) I absolutely insist on seeing a single part number for the whole
printed manual. If I have to order another one, I don't want to have to
worry which part number to use to order it.

3) I don't care what the individual sections of the part number mean.

Happy Tuesday!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: McLauchlan, Kevin
> Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3:05 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Two questions about Copyright notices
>
> 1) If your document is created and published in 2009, but
> then gets majorly revised in 2010 (more than half the
> content changes), does your copyright notice say "Copyright
> 2010" or "Copyright 2009-2010"?
> For part-numbering purposes, assume that it's -002 of the
> part, where last year it was <number>-001.
>
> 2) If you write a booklet, that has a contents part number
> (for what you write) as well as a FINISHED-part number for
> guts-plus-cover, but some other group creates the cover art,
> and tracks the artwork file by their own part number, what
> number should the cover of the booklet carry, and ... I
> suppose... see question "1)" about copyright notice ?
>
> According to me, the customer sees the finished document
> (which is a printed Quick Start Guide that _includes_ the
> cover) and therefore should see an assembly part number that
> identifies the complete booklet, cover and contents combined.
> If it's necessary to also show numbers for the component
> bits, then those should be in smaller type and should _say_
> "Cover art is part number 007-00xxxxx-001, and is copyright
> MyCorp, Inc., 2009".
>
> "This Quick Start Guide is part number 908-00yyyy-002, and is
> copyright MyCorp, Inc., 2009-2010"
>
> The actual issue is that, since those other guys
> create/control the cover art, they are the ones who would
> need persuading to show the combined, assembly part number,
> rather than (or bigger than?) their artwork-specific part
> number, which doesn't logistically include my booklet-guts
> that will be inside.
>
> We also want to avoid confusing the people who print the
> separate bits, assemble/saddle-stitch them, and pack 'em with
> the product.
>
> Do others have a similar flow, and how is it addressed at
> your company (and your company's contract manufacturer)?
>
> By way of some instant "research" on the topic:
> My new Classrooms In a Book from Adobe don't have any
> separate part numbers visible, just a single (bar-coded)
> number that I assume is for the fully-assembled book...
> probably even including the CD tucked in the back...
>


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