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


On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Bernhard Dippold
<bernhard@familie-dippold.at> wrote:
Hi David, all,

David Nelson schrieb:

[snip internal documentation team feud that is best solved on the
documentation ML]

I didn't comment on the legal aspects on Windows and Mac, as Alex pointed
possible problems out.
(And even if the SC would recommend Windows screenshots, each contributor
would have to decide for him/herself if s/he would like to take the legal
responsibility on his/her own).

That is the part of the argument that is loosing me...

1/ I did not see so far any idea that the SC would 'recommend Windows
or something else'. All I saw was claim that using Windows should be
'forbidden' for allege legal reason and a request that the SC endorse
that POV.

2/ "each contributor would have to decide for him/herself if s/he
would like to take the legal responsibility on his/her own"
What legal responsibility ? except the general hand-waving fact of
life that lawyers can imagine that anyone can be sued by anyone for
just about anything... but that is true for any developer that write 2
lines of code or for any artist that create a new icon etc... what is
so special with windows screenshoot ? It seems to me that the
consistency, and modernity arguments developed earlier should be able
to stand on their own (and in my view they do), without involving some
lawyery scare tactics.

(PS: bear in mind that if the copyright holder of a given GUI, like
microsoft, could sue you for incidental infringement in a
documentation screenshoot, then so can any copyright holder having a
stake in any GUI in any screen-shoot you publish - which in itself , I
think, is evidence enough that such interpretation of Copyright Law is
completely impractical and far fetched. Sure some lawyers are likely
to come up with such non-sens complaint... but the different justice
systems, by large, rarely hand-out such a dumb rulings....
And, with all its flaws, Microsoft is very unlikely to waste money
litigating such a case which, no matter the outcome in court, would
result in a PR loss.

Norbert

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