Re: HTML document into PDF : legal?

From: J. Noble <jfnbl[_at_]earthlink.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 12:00:00 -0500


At 6:15 PM -0500 1/5/06, Nicole Davignon wrote:
>Is it legal to convert a HTML document into a PDF document.?
>
>I we have a HTML text which is free of copyright, can we convert
>this document into a PDF format
>without asking permission of author.

If "free of copyright" means that it's not copyrightable, then you can do anything you want. If the html work is protected by copyright in some respect (and you have to assume it is, unless you know it isn't), you can still probably convert the document to PDF because nobody will ever know. What matters is what you do with it next, and which elements of the original have what level of copyright protection, and whether there are any license restrictions on your use of the html work beyond the scope of copyright protection. And if the scope of copyright protection is uncertain, and there are no license restrictions, you always /can/ do without the author's permission if the copyright hasn't been registered, and the exposure to damages for pre-registration infringement is outweighed by the lost opportunity cost of being denied permission or the cost of securing permission.

It's as simple as that.

John Noble

>
>Since converting HTML into PDF supress automatically the open source
>(HTML code).
>i.e. the integrity of the document will be copromised.
>
>Nicole Davignon, Librarian
Received on Fri Jan 06 2006 - 22:00:00 GMT

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