Are there any Copyright issues associated with using screenshot taken from Commercial Vendors products?

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Are there any Copyright issues associated with using screenshot taken from Commercial Vendors products?

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We vaguely remember discussing this issue at the start of the ANTS project in 2004. The consensus then was that by creating these tutorials we are actually doing vendors a favor as we are making people aware of their product, and as such they would be foolish not to want us to do this. The project originated in Canada, so we are not experts in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act in the U.S. but (1) as our tutorials are not presenting a large dataset, (2) screen displays of articles are a small part of the first page of an article, and (3) they are being used for educational purposes, we feel that there is little reason anyone would question the legality of what we are doing. The hundreds of tutorials created since, and the absense of lawsuits, would seem to indicate that is indeed the case.

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