Commercial printing of PDF manual?
Since Nikon provides a downloadable PDF of the file that can be printed, I am wondering if it's possible to go somewhere (Kinkos, CopyMax, Lulu.com) and get it printed in some sort of binding that can be laid flat?
It's extremely annoying to try to sit down with the manual so I can play with the camera controls when the manual won't stay open.
Has anyone done this?
Edit: I may have found my own answer on the back cover of the manual.
No reproduction in any form of this manual, in
whole or in part (except for brief quotation in critical
articles or reviews), may be made without written
authorization from NIKON CORPORATION.
Of course I may have violated the notice by posting the notice.
But does this apply to my printing a copy for my own use since they allow the manual to be printed in the PDF?
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#1. "RE: Commercial printing of PDF manual?" | In response to Reply # 0Martin Turner Nikonian since 19th Jun 2006Sat 13-Jan-07 12:10 AM
You can print it off yourself on your own laser printer and then comb-bind it (a comb binding machine is quite cheap, otherwise a copy shop will comb bind it for you for a few pence (or cents).
Technically, of course, you are not allowed to do this, so if you want to live completely moralistically, you should not. On the other hand, you are allowed to make a backup of any software you acquire legally, and, by publishing it as a PDF, they are allowing you to acquire it, so a print-out is just your paper backup.
In the real world no court would allow Nikon to prosecute you for this, and Nikon wouldn't try it. In the UK (which is where I am) legislation has no real meaning until it has been tested by the courts. I'm not aware that anyone has ever been prosecuted for reproducing the manual to a piece of hardware they legally own, which would mean that the limits of copyright in that respect have not been established. This may not be the case where you are.
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#2. "RE: Commercial printing of PDF manual?" | In response to Reply # 0
Nikon would never say a thing about your copying the manual for ~personal~ use, especially since they published it in an ultimately printable form.
If you get it bound, try to get plastic coil binding rather than comb binding. Coil binding is much more durable and much easier to use, and it doesn't eat up the pages in use. Make sure they use a coil (or comb) that's big enough -- doesn't bind the pages.
#3. "RE: Commercial printing of PDF manual?" | In response to Reply # 0
Nikon apparently approves of current owners printing a copy of the manual. The following statement is on their website:
To protect against Copyright Infringement, Nikon offers two versions of our current product manuals. A fully printable manual for existing owners (which requires a valid, North American, Nikon camera serial number and registration to download) and a non-printable version for others (no serial number required).
#5. "RE: Commercial printing of PDF manual?" | In response to Reply # 0
Thanks all! I guess I will just try it. The worst that can happen is they say no, right? In which case I can try the do-it-yourself options.
I think I will also print off that bit from the Nikon website about the copyright thing, it might help convince them it can be printed.
Edit Jan 13th: I decided I was overthinking this to the extreme. I have a laser printer at home so I printed the odd pages, flipped the paper over and printed the even pages. I stuck the whole thing in a 3 ring binder I had laying around. Voila! Done.
It took a lot less time than I thought and probably cost less than taking it somewhere. Later I can put index tabs in it corresponding to the various sections.
Plus it's 8.5x11 now which is much easier for these old eyes to read.
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