Re: Site-liscenced Documentation

Subject: Re: Site-liscenced Documentation
From: Ad absurdum per aspera <jtchew -at- CSA3 -dot- LBL -dot- GOV>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1993 15:43:00 PST

When a former employer added its first network product to its
line of modems, I talked them into granting permission to
reproduce both the user doc and the manager software for the
gizmo "for use with <product name> only." Both the manuals
and the software were useful only with the hardware.

You might have a harder time, for antipiracy reasons, convincing
the maker of a software-only product to relax copyright on the
documentation in this fashion. Perhaps stating "for use with a
lawfully licensed copy of <product name only>" would carry the day.

Here's the deal. They know, and you know, that factory
documentation at any nontrivial level of slickness costs a fortune,
and that few if any companies ever figure out how to make it a
profit center. What they want is for you to ante up for your
software in full financial and moral compliance with the terms.
Given that, I doubt that any company would give a rat's aperture how
many copies you made of the user docs, unless (a) they genuinely do
sell 'em as a profit center, or (b) you were using or distributing
them in such a way as to aid and abet piracy, or (c) you were
playing fast and loose with their copyrighted material in the
documentation of a competing product.

Free legal advice, and you know what THAT'S worth... :)

"The pallid pimp of the dead-line/The enervate of the pen" --Robert Service

Disclaimer: Even if my employer had a position on the subject,
I probably wouldn't be the one stating it on their behalf.

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