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copyright question

November 11th, 2008 at 05:32 am

In the last year we bought a swather and a baler. The swather came with an operator's manual and a case to put it in, so it can stay in the cab. The baler didn't come with one, so I had to buy one on ebay. The combine book was eaten by pack rats this summer, and we haven't been able to find another one.

This brought to mind...would it be legal for me to make a copy of the book before DH takes it out to the tractor? Then, if he loses it, it gets dirty/muddy/eaten by pack rats, I have another copy of it I can print out? Is that copyright infringement? Or fair use?

If that is fair use, then would it be ok to scan it in and keep it as a PDF file on my computer? Then, if the pack rat eats it next year too, I can just print off another copy?

If that is fair use, then would it be ok to provide this service to others? They send me their books, I scan them in, send them a CD of the images and send the books back? They would pay me to provide them with a back up of their books. Books they currently own, and are just wanting to back up, but are too lazy/don't know how to scan them themselves?

Or is this whole thing going to get the copyright police knocking on my door?

3 Responses to “copyright question”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    My gut says it is okay to copy for your use only. When you start accepting cash for that seems to be a copyright issue.

  2. mom-sense Says:

    I think if it for your own use, it is fine. I am with creditcard that it might be copyright infringement should you make a profit on a job.

  3. Koppur Says:

    From my understanding, Mom and creditcard hit it right. Personal use is OK, even a favor for a friend is OK. But when money starts changing hands, it becomes copyright infringement.

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