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Microsoft Copyright Issue

by donaldfleming / January 17, 2012 9:57 AM PST

I have Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business (Retail Version) and Microsoft Publisher 2010 (Retail Version), which I use in the publication of a church magazine (circulation: around 300) that is distributed free of charge and carries no paid for advertising. In short it is not for profit.

I would like to download images from the Microsoft website for use in the magazine.

Am I free to do so without violating copyright?

The website to which I refer is as follows:

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 8:33 PM PST

As a test I just downloaded one of those images and I was not prevented from doing so, nor was I offered any words or such, (as in Terms, Copyright or similar), that suggested I was violating any copyright law.

I think you will be fine and Microsoft are offering these images freely.

However, you could if you wish add a line of text under each image something like, "Courtesy of", or "Copyright" or on similar lines. It doesn't have to be large, just small text which acknowledges where you got them from. I'm sure Microsoft would appreciate that.

Microsoft's Copyright FAQ might be interesting;

I hope that helps.


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Re Microsoft Copyright Issue: Reply to MarkFlax
by donaldfleming / January 18, 2012 4:35 AM PST
In reply to: Sure.

Hi MarkFlax,

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

On investigating this matter further I was directed to the 'Microsoft
Service Agreement'. It seems to suggest that images can be used in a
non-commercial way without including attribution or a trademark. In this regard, I've
enclosed a link and a quote for your attention. I would
be most interested in any comments that you may have.

Microsoft Service Agreement

17. and Office Web App media elements and templates

If you use Microsoft or the Microsoft Office Web Apps, you
may have access to media images, clip art, animations, sounds, music,
video clips, templates, and other forms of content ("media elements")
provided with the software available on or as part of a
service associated with the software. You may copy and use the media
elements in projects and documents. You may not: (i) sell, license, or
distribute copies of the media elements by themselves or as a product if
the primary value of the product is the media elements; (ii) grant your
customers rights to further license or distribute the media elements;
(iii) license or distribute for commercial purposes media elements that
include the representation of identifiable individuals, governments,
logos, trademarks, or emblems or use these types of images in ways that
could imply an endorsement or association with your product, entity or
activity; or (iv) create obscene works using the media elements. For
more information, see the Use of Microsoft Copyrighted Content webpage:

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I agree
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 18, 2012 9:14 PM PST

and I think you are good to go.


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