Technical Communication:
Legal Guidelines (Read Me First! 9)


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  1. If you summarize a discussion about some new technology from another copyright-protected book, are you violating that book's copright?
    Yes
    No

  2. If you copy text verbatim out of a copyright-protected book, are you violating that book's copright?
    Yes
    No

  3. When is a "work" legally protected by copyright?
    When it becomes fixed.
    When it becomes an idea in the originator's head.
    When the originator applies for copyright.
    When the originator received formal copyright.

  4. What is the difference between a copyright and a trademark?
    Copyright prevents others from legally borrowing verbatim copyright-protected text; trademarks prevent others from using trademark-protected product names.
    Trademarks prevent others from legally borrowing verbatim trademark-protected text; copyright prevents others from using copyright-protected product names.
    Copyright prevents others from legally summarizing paraphrasing, or quoting copyright-protected text; trademarks prevent others from using trademark-protected product names.
    Trademarks prevent others from legally summarizing paraphrasing, or quoting trademark-protected text; copyright prevents others from using copyright-protected product names.

  5. Where should you place a trademark symbol for a trademarked product name?
    On all occurrences of the trademarked product name throughout the entire documentation.
    On book spines, covers, title pages, chapter and appendix titles only.
    On the first occurrence of the trademarked product name and other prominent uses of that trademarked product name.
    On all occurrences of the trademarked product name except for book spines, covers, title pages, chapter and appendix titles.

  6. What are the requirements on the phrasing of a trademarked name?
    Use it only as a noun.
    Use it only as an adjective.
    Use it only as the subject of a sentence.
    Use it only as the direct object of a sentence.

  7. How should you treat third-party trademarks?
    State in the edition notice that trademarks of other companies mentioned in the documentation are owned by their respective companies.
    Treat them the same way as the trademarks of your own company.
    Do not use trademarked product names of other companies in the documentation the your company's products.

  8. What is a "third party"?
    Company name or product names of a competitor.
    Company names or product names of other companies you reference in your documentation.
    Company names or product names of other companies you reference in your documentation and from whom you have received copyright permission.
    Government entities that provide standards that you reference in your documentation.

  9. What is the primary recommendation about linking to third-party web sites?
    Make sure the link works.
    Add a copyright symbol to the link phrasing.
    Add a trademark symbol to the link phrasing.
    Get permission from the owner of the web site.

  10. If you paraphrase a discussion about some new technology from another copyright-protected book, are you violating that book's copright?
    Yes
    No



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