Publishing book guidelines: Do not use portions of screenshots RRS feed

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  • I have a very similar question to the below post:


    Is this answer definite? Does that mean we can crop parts of the screen to highlight for example the Start icon in Windows 10 or icons or sections of icons etc in Windows 10 or 7. It would be a pretty tedious book if we had to copy and paste the complete Windows screen to show just a small icon... I have looked at the 'In Easy Steps' series of books and it is clear that many examples from the Windows operating system have been cropped...

    This is from this link under 'Screenshots': https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/permissions

    These are the guidelines from Microsoft for use of screenshots in a book:

    You may not use screenshots of Microsoft product boot-up screens, opening screens, "splash screens," or screens from beta release products or other products that have not been commercially released. You may use other screenshots in advertising, in documentation (including educational brochures), in tutorial books, in videos, or on websites, provided that, in addition to the requirements above, you:

    • Do not alter the screenshot except to resize it.
    • Do not use portions of screenshots. THIS IS MY MAIN QUESTION...
    • Do not include screenshots in your product user interface.
    • Do not use screenshots that contain third-party content. BUT WHAT IF WE ARE SHOWING AN INTERNET SECURITY SUITE LIKE NORTON?...
    • Do not use screenshots that contain an image of an identifiable individual.


    Sunday, January 13, 2019 5:01 PM


  • I am just updating this. This book (Introducing Windows 10 for Professionals - Technical Overview by Ed Bott) was published by Microsoft Press on Windows 10 in 2016 and definitely uses portions of screenshots.

    It is freely downloadable from Microsoft Virtual Academy: https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks?whr=uri:MicrosoftAccount&countrycode=GB&channel=AnonymousAuthenticated&lng=en-US

    Monday, January 14, 2019 1:04 PM