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Ethics of reusing vendor's help material -- copyright issue or commonplace practice?
Subject:Ethics of reusing vendor's help material -- copyright issue or commonplace practice? From:"Tom Johnson" <lists -at- idratherbewriting -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 7 Aug 2006 06:57:44 -0400
Is it commonplace or questionable to reuse a vendor's help material nearly
verbatim to customize a smaller guide more focused on our audience?
For example, our company recently purchased software that comes with a 384
page user guide. Our users will only need about 40 pages of this. I want to
copy these 40 pages, change it a little to fit with our style guide, and
brand it without own documentation template. However, I plan to leave the
wording and screenshots mostly as is.
If we've purchased this software, is it still a copyright issue? Even if so,
is it common practice in the tech comm. field to do this? Any
recommendations for me?