Re: User Guides in PDF Format on the Web

Subject: Re: User Guides in PDF Format on the Web
From: "Huber, Mike" <mrhuber -at- SOFTWARE -dot- ROCKWELL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 09:35:01 -0500

This might be one of those places where the fact that a company does not
have an opinion in the same sense that a person does comes into play.
I took a look at it, and it does look like it's intended to be printed: the
TOC has page numbers instead of links. The lawyer has one opinion, and
somebody else has another. Actually, it looks like a technical violation of
the copyright has occurred well before printing: if I downloaded it, it was
transmitted. I would consider the web page to be permission to download,
but I'm not sure about printing.

What I think happened here is shovelware: the manual, intended as a
published paper document to be distributed as hard copy, was tossed on the
FTP site without any modifications. No weird conflict of intentions, just
one of the problems that occur when documents are re-used.

Mike Huber, not speaking for anybody else
Mike -dot- huber -at- software -dot- rockwell -dot- com
Grammar and spelling are tools to be used in moderation.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rich [SMTP:docsolns -at- ISERV -dot- NET]
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 1997 11:22 AM
Subject: User Guides in PDF Format on the Web

Check for a 178 page BeOS User's Guide.

The copyright issue confuses me. The company's copyright statement at the
front of the manual makes me wonder if it's legal to even print it.

"No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retreival
system, or transmitted-in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,
photocopying, recording, or otherwise-without the prior..."

Where does printing it off their web site fit???

By placing it on their web page I assume they want people to have access to
it and I don't think anyone would be expected to read it on-line.

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