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Is the following okay for me to do?

 

I own a book with some code in it. I wish to discuss the code and ideas behind it with a colleague, mainly for educational purposes. My colleague does not own the book. May I copy the code in my book and send it to him via email?

 

The copyright in the book states: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior written permission of the copyright holder, except brief quotations used in a review.

 

TIA

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... except brief quotations used in a review.

 

Your usage would fall within this definition, imo - and that's assuming that by some complete miracle the publisher and/or author ever found out about it.

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I know we don't have fair use, but surely this would fall within the bounds of what we do have in that area?

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Any code in a programming book is essentially free code. It's published and you can use it. You could even use it to create your own software which you might sell.

 

The only reason that message is there is to stop people grabbing a chapter or two and adding it to their own publication. Like a blog or their own book where they get credit without permission from the original author.

 

Additionally, if I'm not mistaken you can use up to 10% of a publication as long as you give credit and do not use it for personal gain.

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Any code in a programming book is essentially free code. It's published and you can use it. You could even use it to create your own software which you might sell.

 

The code is subject to whatever license the author has chosen, if any.

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Any code in a programming book is essentially free code. It's published and you can use it. You could even use it to create your own software which you might sell.

 

The code is subject to whatever license the author has chosen, if any.

 

Yes, but in most cases it will be GPL or no license.

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