Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tutorials and Copyright...

I'm having a bit of a conundrum here. I wrote a few quite extensive Tutorials on Tridion 2011 which I want to make public via Tridion World but I can't understand if I'm infringing copyright or not.

Let me explain: In these tutorials there are very detailed, step-by-step instructions with loads of screenshots. My goal here is to make sure I don't ever again get basic questions like "what do I need to install for Tridion to use an Oracle database back end?" or "What are the Windows 2008 R2 Roles I must install?".

Of course, having Tridion screenshots is NOT copyright infringement, because I work for the copyright owner and I would be distributing it via the copyright's owner website. I am allowed to create those screenshots and empowered to distribute them via Tridion World (but I am not allowed to distribute it via my own website, even though many other people do that and we don't seem to care much about it).

The way I see it, I can't really distribute the Oracle Client installation screenshots, or Windows 2008 install, or the SQL Server 2008 R2 installation screenshots.
And if I remove those screenshots, the tutorials are not as detailed as I need them to be.

Anyone out there with suggestions? Should I contact the 3rd parties (Oracle and Microsoft mostly) and ask for their approvals?

I'll figure it out...

Update: found some info on Screenshot copyright in general and Microsoft guidelines for screenshots, and it looks like I'm in the clear, since I do not modify any of the screenshot content, do clearly identify it as being from an Oracle or Microsoft product and don't do anything evil with it.

So, new tutorials to show up soon in Tridion World

6 comments:

Ron said...

Looking forward to your tutorials...

...And finally some new and usefull content on SDL Tridion World!

Ron said...

Sorry, "useful"...

Nivlong said...

I had a technical writing class assignment similar to the same conundrum:

Write a 1-2 page letter to Microsoft® asking permission to use screen shots of its product (i.e. Office software application) in a user manual....

I wasn't sure what Microsoft's concern over portions of screen shots. Sometimes I want to highlight just part of a screen or a specific Window. So trick question then -- does an image of just a pop-up count as a "screen shot."

Jaime Santos Alcón said...

Very nice info Nuno... good to know.

TridionArchitect said...

Good article @ http://www.sdltridionworld.com/articles/sdltridion2011/tutorials/creating-development-vm-2.aspx

I stopped making MTSUser a Local Admin. Its also not in the documentation.

Can you explain why a LocalAdmin is necessary?

Nuno said...

Hey Walter,

For some reason your question slipped through the cracks. The Local Admin account does not need to be an Admin - and should not be an Admin in production environments. I set it up as an admin just to save me some additional configuration steps on an already pretty long configuration process...

So, in short, I'm just lazy :)