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Re: [steering-discuss] Re: screen-shots Documentation Team


Hi :)
It is a complex area of Law in most countries.  It might be even more than 1 
area since we might be dealing with  intellectual property rights, other 
copyright issues, patents & contracts.  


We can easily avoid the whole legal mess by avoiding Windows and Apple 
screen-shots.  We can just use screen-shots from gnu&linux distros as the 
documentation team was happily doing up until Jean popped off on holiday.  There 
are sometimes slight differences but the documentation team has been able to 
work-around these either through text or by editing the screen-shots a bit.  


Most companies that have to worry about this sort of thing employ a legal 
department.  I don't think TDF can afford to do that.  I also don't think we can 
afford to take the word of any individuals about how seriously we need to take 
this sort of issue.  


So, i would personally recommend that we do as the documentation team agreed to 
do ages ago and just avoid the potential danger area completely by using 
screen-shots from organisations that honour copyleft agreements.  


However, i agree with Alex that we need some sort of statement from the SC to 
settle the issue at least until the BoD can make a 'permanent' ruling.  


Apols and regards from
Tom :)




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From: Alexander Thurgood <alex.thurgood@gmail.com>
To: steering-discuss@documentfoundation.org
Sent: Fri, 8 July, 2011 9:11:10
Subject: [steering-discuss] Re: screen-shots Documentation Team

Le 06/07/11 11:48, Tom Davies a écrit :

Everyone : To me, the point has more to do with SC communication. Once
again, a topic has raised its head that I considered "dealt with", and
now it is back on the table.

Although not a member of the SC, the question of the legality of
screenshot usage and associated platforms for making them has become
important enough IMO for a decision to be clearly stated by the SC, so I
am submitting this question as a topic for discussion to you all.

If there is already a decision somewhere in the archives, or on the
wiki, could someone from the SC please point us to it ?

If not, please consider this question for discussion as quickly as
possible and issue a statement.

Alex


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