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From Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>
Subject Re: Proposal for Moving Forward with Documentation
Date Wed, 09 Jan 2013 07:01:42 GMT

On 01/09/2013 01:24 AM, Guy Waterval wrote:
> Hi all,
> 2013/1/8 Andrea Pescetti <>
>> Rob Weir wrote:
>>   On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:12 AM, RGB ES wrote:
>>>> Permissions/Default.aspx#ERG<>
>>>> "4.  Do not use screen shots that contain third-party content."
>>>> This and number 2 "Do not use portions of screen shots" are problematic.
>>>> I
>>>> don't think they will ever make problems for this, but...
>>> I think this means, don't use portions of a screenshot where the
>>> screenshot is of a Microsoft copyrighted image.  So don't use portion
>>> of Excel or Word screenshot.  But we can use a portion of our own UI.
>> This was discussed extensively some years ago, concluding that the
>> OpenOffice documentation could not use screenshots that included the
>> Windows widgets and window decorations (like the X button to close the
>> window).
>> I know that everybody can just go to the nearest public library and find
>> dozen of end-user software manuals contradicting this, so I don't know how
>> seriously this issue should be taken. Fact is, ODFAuthors (used to?) take
>> all their screenshots on free operating systems due to this.
> The reverse case is for me more interesting. Books about OpenOffice, but
> not under a free license, sometimes written by free authors, with a
> disclaimer saying that you are not allowed to reproduce or modify any
> slight part of the book. OK, the disclaimer comes from the publisher, but
> what about the UI screenshots, dialog boxes, ...? Nobody reacts, so I think
> there is no risk, especially with MS which is not a stupid company.
> A+

Although I expect that it is not a problem, some of the wording seems a 
bit strange; for example, disallowing "portions of screen shots", which 
sounds like you must always show the entire screen.

Andrew Pitonyak
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