[opencms-dev] sharing book about about OPENCMS is illegal!!! idont think so

Roedel, Mark MarkRoedel at letu.edu
Tue Feb 20 15:53:17 CET 2007

Apart from the legal arguments:

A publisher determines the popularity of a book (and its subject) by the
number of copies sold.  With OpenCMS 7 on the horizon, isn't it in all
of our best interests if the publishers of books about OpenCMS think it
worthwhile to produce updated editions?

Mark Roedel
Senior Programmer / Analyst
LeTourneau University

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illegal!!! idont think so

Making a *copy* of a copyrighted work generally is in violation of
copyright law, unless:
a) it's fair use (eg for backup or media shifting)
b) it's allowed by the licence (eg GPL or Creative Commons Licence etc)
c) you have permission from the copyright holder (in writing ideally).

Duplicating an eBook by emailing it to someone would in my opinion
violate the copyright of most ebooks. *However*, if you were to download
it to CD-ROM and that was your only copy, and you were to give that CD
to a friend, I suspect that would be ok. In theory you could perform the
same action using email (ie by destroying your copy after your friend
receives it)... but I'm not sure how that will hold up on court :-)

(IANAL disclaimer)

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