Sending across ebooks/software for your worker.Does it violate copyrights?

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Hi,

I am wondering the cases below violate copyrights (or copyrights law).
I assume they do, (So please don't tell me strongly "DON'T DO IT It'S ILLEGAL!!" I was not going to)but just to make sure,
if you could reply it would be appreciated.

(case 1)
Let's say I hire a freelance programer for a software program.
And I want a specific function. I have a software program which has the same function I want. But it is difficult to explain that by email etc.
So I send across the software so that the programer would know/see exactly what I want.

(case 2)
Let's say I want some articles written by a freelance writer. I want it based on some e-books (the ideas are based on them, or want them used as references). So I send across the e-books for them to read.

In both cases, I think I should buy the software or e-books again for the workers. Or pay them for them to buy themselves.

However- this is the only reasoning I can think that it MIGHT be OK - if they are your real workers in your company (not freelancers - or freelancers who actually work in your office), you wouldn't buy the products twice to just show them(...right? maybe I'm wrong here?) The workers can read the e-books, or use your software to see the functions in your office. Especially if they are physical books it would never be a problem, would it?

So in the freelance world, if they are considered to be your temporal worker/employee, I thought it MIGHT be ok to send them.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmagos
    In either case, it depends on the licensing terms. Usually software licenses (as in Case 1) will spell out distribution rights with regards to independent contractors. Software is typically licensed per user or machine, so even distributing it within an office to your employees is typically a no-no; this is not always the case, so read the license to be sure. As for Case 2, copyright law is messy, and fair use makes it more so; if the material is not copied (verbatim or paraphrased) and quotes are properly referenced, I wouldn't see an issue with it. However, IANAL
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Jennings
    This isn't legal advice, just a comment.

    In neither case you mentioned should anyone get all up in arms. They may, because they have a stick up their whatever, but they shouldn't.

    But a better way to show someone a software angle, is to fire up Jing, ScreenFlow, etc., and show it off from your desktop. Now they're not only seeing what you mean, but YOU are providing the narration to explain it.

    I think that's a far better solution that making someone download software, install, find the part you're talking about, etc.

    Just an idea.

    Jay Jennings
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  • Profile picture of the author Pragun
    In both the cases, i'm generally inclined to think that these actions would result in a copyright violation. You shouldn't do them. Unless the licensing term specifically allow you to do so...
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  • Profile picture of the author ikuret75
    Thanks guys for your replies. I appreciate it.
    In the software's case, Jay's idea makes sense. Thanks!
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