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If you want to use a screenshot of software for an openly-licensed work, as a general rule check the terms of a website, as they may spell out the rules of how to use screenshots of their products. Many companies are okay with using screenshots of their software or products for training. There are many “how to” websites that use screenshots, as there is a financial incentive for companies to have training material created for them by others. (The more people who learn to use their product, the better.)
Microsoft spells out how you can use screenshots of their products as follows:
- You may not use screen shots of Microsoft product boot-up screens, opening screens, “splash screens,” or screens from beta release products or other products that have not been commercially released.
- You may use other screen shots in advertising, in documentation (including educational brochures), in tutorial books, in videos, or on websites, provided that, in addition to the requirements above, you:
- Do not alter the screen shot except to resize it.
- Do not use portions of screen shots.
- Do not include screen shots in your product user interface.
- Do not use screen shots that contain third-party content.
- Do not use screen shots that contain an image of an identifiable individual.
Google allows the use of screenshots of their products. For more information, see Google’s Using Product Graphics page [New Tab].
Others, require that you ask permission. For example, see Yahoo’s Permissions page [New Tab].
- "Use of Microsoft Copyrighted Content," Microsoft, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/permissions (accessed February 1, 2018). ↵