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2011/7/8 André Schnabel <>:
Hi Norbert, *

Am 08.07.2011 15:15, schrieb Norbert Thiebaud:
On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 7:19 AM, Simon Phipps <> wrote:
On 8 Jul 2011, at 13:09, Tom Davies wrote:

Hi :)
Except screen-shots in Windows can't have any useful arrows or circles to point
out the exact thing being talked about in the documentation.
Only screenshots of /Microsoft/ products.

Isn't that exactly what 'Fair Use' is all about ?

Absolutely. Unfortunately "Fair use" is not a term in each and every
juristications of this world. E.g. German law does not know about "fair
use" - but has other ways to prevent misuse of copyright.

But: no matter what the real legal situation might be - Microsoft's
position is that all screen shots taken on a windows system need to
follow Microsoft's rules (what is quite exactly what Tom wrote).

I don't really care about Microsoft's position (and it is doubtful
that most of the EULA conditions actually would hold in face of real
law - in most european jurisdiction private contract - especially the
one not entered into freely and not negotiated on equal footing - do
not trump common law), but:
Use it and if Microsoft actually has legal standing, let's put
'censured by Microsoft' sticker on the screen-shoot in place of the
'offending' icons.
and see how long it will take Microsoft PR department to weight to
pros and cons of the situation.


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