AIX documentation

Fred Cisin cisin at
Sun Mar 12 18:40:00 CDT 2017

>> I have a number of binders that have pretty thorough AIX documentation, but
>> the trouble is, there are from security classes that were taught by private
>> companies. Am I legally allowed to resell these?

On Sun, 12 Mar 2017, jim stephens via cctalk wrote:
> i wouldn't see why not.  You aren't NDA'd on anything, and if they are not 
> government issue
> you own them.
> IANAL of course.

While not a COPYRIGHT issue, it is possible, and not unlikely, that they 
were considered to be part of the course work, and that those taking the 
course may have agreed, explicitly or implicitly, not to pass them on.

If there is not a statement about license on them, then it is a reasonably 
safe risk.  The person who took the course, and agreed to any such license 
could be liable.  If they want to take action, then they would have a weak 
case based on not having made the license terms known and included in the 
work.    (mens rea, etc.)

Similarly, although post Berne convention upholds copyright on works 
without a copyright notice, failing to have a copyright notice is a really 
BAD idea.

That doesn't mean that a litigious pubisher won't be a nuisance.

If it is a significant amount (many copies, high price each, etc.) then 
make a good faith effort to contact the originator of the materials, and 
consult a real IP lawyer.

Also, be aware that legal advice here is often tainted by our own 
interests, hence the fiction of "abandonware".

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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