Re: Copyright infringement

Subject: Re: Copyright infringement
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2023 18:45:18 -0500

Infringer: "We didn't do that. It was the tech writer."
Infringee: "Fine. We'll sue everybody."

Experience? Read and laugh:
At Prime Computer, long ago, Prime bought some company with a short name, like maybe Bzzt Inc. We were told to redo the manuals, replacing every "Bzzt Inc" with "Prime Computer, Inc." No source files, no time for re-keying the material. Just crummy Xeroxed manuals. We were supposed to paste the long name into the short space. I don't remember what we did.

On 3/2/23 17:41, Robert Lauriston wrote:

That's bizarre. What use would it be to copy another company's manual
if you didn't copy their product as well?

If they copied another company's product without acquiring or
licensing it, that could cause worse trouble than copyright violation.

On Thu, Mar 2, 2023 at 2:05âPM Carolyn<carolynpalo -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

Hello - wondering what experience anyone has with copying manuals? Specifically, taking an existing manual and changing the name only - from one company to another?

My stance is it is plainly copyright infringement. Iâm told âyeah but no one cares we do it all the time in the software world.â
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