Re: Third-party graphics in Screen Snaps: Legal issue?

Subject: Re: Third-party graphics in Screen Snaps: Legal issue?
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 15 May 2017 14:29:22 -0400

You should address your concerns to the company's lawyers. The company DOES have a bunch of corporate attorneys or at least has one on retainer, right? The company has already paid those guys to worry about this sort of stuff. A forward-looking TW can somehow bring it to their attention.

On Mon, 15 May 2017 12:44:16 -0400, Hickey, John David <john-david -dot- hickey -at- vyv -dot- ca> wrote:

Greetings!

Whenever I take screen snaps of the software I'm documenting, I try to be
aware of the *stuff* that might be surrounding the application. By Stuff, I
mean third-party applications, trademarked names, icons, etc. When the
engineers write quick procedures in forums, they are decidedly not as
careful, so icons and app names that are not linked to us appear in the
background.

It seems to me that this would give a bored copyright lawyer something to
do, giving our company a tedious legal issue. I'm considering asking for a
little more "oomph" in our own forums to remove the copyright issues from
their posts.

But how big a deal is this? Am I being overly-sensitive? If some unrelated
trademarked stuff appears in a screen-snap, is this a legal issue? Do we
need permission? Do we need to cite copyright information in the
Disclaimers page?
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