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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Proposal for Moving Forward with Documentation
Date Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:02:22 GMT
On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Andrea Pescetti <pescetti@apache.org> wrote:
> Rob Weir wrote:
>
>> On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:12 AM, RGB ES wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/About/Legal/EN/US/IntellectualProperty/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.
>

It depends on how paranoid you want to be,  For example, wouldn't
taking the Linux screenshots trigger a GPL dependency?  Would that be
incompatible with doing the documentation under ALv2?  I think you get
into trouble like this unless we have a proper sense of what is "fair
use".

-Rob

> Regards,
>   Andrea.

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