Re: Copyrighted material in manuals?

Subject: Re: Copyrighted material in manuals?
From: CASSIN Gilles <GCassin -at- MEGA -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 11:17:36 +0100

Geoff, as regards strictly legal matter is right, but, if your purpose
is to create a help or a manual for your company in order to adapt the
contents of the basic material for internal use, you should ask
permission to the software editor, making clear that the purpose isn't
making money, but giving home-users a faster/easier way to use the
software. If this doesn't interfere with the software editor policy as
regards their expa/ensive training courses, the answer is usually OK,
provided you cite our copyright, and indicate that the document is only
for internal use.

-----Message d'origine-----
De: Geoff Hart (by way of "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>)
[mailto:ght -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA]
Date: mercredi 24 février 1999 19:10
À: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Objet: Copyrighted material in manuals?


Eric L. Dunn wondered <<If you are going to produce a software
help/instruction manual/book, how much information can you 'lift'
from the instruction manuals that come with the software. In most
cases all the information already exists in the documentation that
came with the software. What is usually lacking is either the
organisation or a few how-to, task oriented instructions.>>

The short legal answer is that you can't lift any of it without the
permission of the copyright holder

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