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Legal notices and other typical documentation requirements
Subject:Legal notices and other typical documentation requirements From:INKtopia Admin <admin -at- inktopia -dot- net> To:Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:58:57 -0500
// pushing this note to the Email list. It was an ongoing conversation on
the Forum before we had to revert back
I recently started with a new start-up company; it is so new that I am
building the documentation department.
In my past roles as a technical writer, I never needed to think much about
the legal sections of the documentation that I did not control. Now that I
am on my own, I need to think about these parts and determine what is
The type of documentation that I am authoring is user (and other technical
documents) that accompany our hardware and software products (IT industry).
I don't know if it is dangerous but I am not following any particular ISO
framework, rather I am building documentation based on my own boiler plates
(and style guide) that I have refined over the years.
I believe 100% of my past documentation always included sections such as:
limitations and liabilities, references to other copyright and trademark
holders, GPL license and/or other software library information, etc.
Can anyone shed some light on those obligatory documentation components
that I should concern myself with, especially in regards to U.S. law
(although I am interested in insight about other countries too).
I also noticed that my original post did not reach the mail list.
Well, hopefully this post will make it.
To expand on my op, I was wondering about legal requirements (or general
rules) around listing trademarks and copyrights. Meaning, throughout my
documentation, I mention 3rd party companies. In my past roles as a
technical writer, these situations were handled very differently; from
ignoring trademarks to placing the symbol next to their names, to listing
all trademarks and copyrights on an end page.
Do you have any thoughts or can you list actual rules about this issue?