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RE: Ethics of reusing vendor's help material -- copyright issue orcommonplace practice?
Subject:RE: Ethics of reusing vendor's help material -- copyright issue orcommonplace practice? From:"Mike Schmidt" <mschmidt -at- weathercentral -dot- tv> To:"Tom Johnson" <lists -at- idratherbewriting -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 7 Aug 2006 10:02:08 -0500
I have used one or two verbatim... it was something from a vendor that
we used in a package. I got permission and they had no problem at all.
They were happy to have their version in our manual rather than having
someone they didn't know (i.e. ME) paraphrasing it.
Just get permission.
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Subject: Ethics of reusing vendor's help material -- copyright issue
Is it commonplace or questionable to reuse a vendor's help material
verbatim to customize a smaller guide more focused on our audience?
For example, our company recently purchased software that comes with a
page user guide. Our users will only need about 40 pages of this. I want
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
wording and screenshots mostly as is.
If we've purchased this software, is it still a copyright issue? Even if
is it common practice in the tech comm. field to do this? Any
recommendations for me?