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

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  • I cannot get an answer on this post. Can someone please help me...

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e1694f5d-718f-439d-97fa-855b753077ef/publishing-book-guidelines-do-not-use-portions-of-screenshots?forum=CertGeneral

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:55 AM

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  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:41 PM
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  • I'd also refer here.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/permissions

     

     



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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:18 PM
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  • Hi,

    Just wondering something regarding "portions of screenshots"...

    It make no sense since we can use second screen and show only the part that we want to use which make it a full screen screenshot :-)

    Moreover. a screenshot can be of a portions of screen and still be a full screenshot. You do not have to cut the screenshot but capture part of the screen in advanced... this rule make no sense to me BUT LEGAL TOPIC YOU SHOULD CONSULT LEGAL EXPERT (lawyer) and not technical supporters in the forum :-) 

    Anyhow, this document DOES NOT look like a legal document but a general guideline only!
    IN legal document the phrases should be clarify well

    There is a legal term named "fair use" which allows you to use a copyrighted work without permission in certain circumstances. I am prtty sure the information in the thread you provide is wrong, but again this is something you should consult with a lawyer. Moreover, the loaw is different in different countries!


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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:20 PM
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  • It make no sense since we can use second screen and show only the part that we want to use which make it a full screen screenshot :-)

    Moreover. a screenshot can be of a portions of screen and still be a full screenshot. You do not have to cut the screenshot but capture part of the screen in advanced... this rule make no sense to me BUT LEGAL TOPIC YOU SHOULD CONSULT LEGAL EXPERT (lawyer) and not technical supporters in the forum :-) 


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    Thanks Ronen. Do you know if there is an app that can do this without cropping the screen (If I understood you correctly...). I did this for my preliminary but not published book project in Word and of course cropped!...

    I think "fair use" means for non profit educational purposes i.e. no money gained from this project!

    Lawyers can be a complete pain in the neck and would probably charge me more than any potential profit made from my prospective book!...

    I will look at the other links recommended in this thread but my point is that there are so many books out there on Microsoft operating systems and applications with 'cropped looking' screenshots...




    • Edited by jcnr7 Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:54 PM
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 2:51 PM

  • Hi,

    >> Do you know if there is an app that can do this...

    Once we got into the legal world, I do not care what "this" mean and I cannot help in anything which might not be legal :-)

    >> Lawyers can be a complete pain in the neck and would probably charge me more than any potential profit

    This is understandable, and basically it the same reasons why people do not get experts in any field including Data Platforms (DBA). When we are in the side who need the help we want to get it free but when we are in the side of the service provider we explain people the advantages of having a professional point-of-view :-)

    In some cases communities forum are good place to get free help from expert in the field that you need. I am sure that you can find some forums where experts in the field of copyrights can give some insights better then we can


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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:44 PM
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  • OK. Point taken.

    I'd still like to know why many of the Microsoft books I've read seem to have cropped screenshots.

    I read the one on Intellectual Property permissions (Use of Copyrighted Content) before coming to this post. The links in the other posts didn't really lead me to where I want to go with this, unless I didn't see the relevant contact department, but I do need to contact the legal department at Microsoft. Do they have an email, phone number or a forum?

    I have no problem redoing the screenshots but I don't want to be the only person doing this. I personally think the Intellectual Property article (Use of Copyrighted Content) should show examples as this would prevent any misunderstanding...

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:34 AM