[scribus] Permission to use Scribus Screen Captures in an Educational Product
hfinger at handholding.com.au
Wed Oct 15 23:06:10 CEST 2008
I don't think this is a matter that should concern the Scribus team.
Having worked in publishing and as a technical writer, I believe that
you are de facto free to use screen shots in a publication, provided
there is some sort of acknowledgement:
"Scribus screen shots, icons, and controls are the copyright property,
trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks throughout the world
of <<the Scribus corporate organisation,** whatever that is>>, and Nokia
Corporation [owner of Trolltech] and its subsidiaries."
Otherwise the third-party publications (Dummies, Missing Manual, Special
Edition, etc.) about various software applications would be out of
business. Or put it this way: every magazine, book, video tutorial, or
training set is free publicity for your product, be it the Scribus
application or the widgets in its interface. Do you think you would
discourage or encourage other parties from writing about your product by
requiring them to seek permission or to pay a fee for use?
The publishing industry normally pays a fee for the use of photographs
and large chunks of copyright text, but this is somewhat different, as a
new work is being created by the mash-up. Not a route the free,
open-source community wants to go down, I would think.
** Does the Scribus development team operate as a non-profit corporate
entity? It would be a nice idea so that the owner of intellectual
property is clearly identified -- even if, in effect, it is giving it
away by the terms of an open-source licence -- to protect the IP against
incursions by, say, M*******t, N****l, etc.
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