Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Can I use screenshots of art programs?
entry. As you can see, the party line on screenshots is that they are infringements. But as we mentioned, it's unlikely any software company is going to chase someone who uses screenshots of the program in a "how-to" book. First, the shots likely qualify as a fair use. Second, it would be remarkably counter-productive to sue because books like yours help to popularize the programs. The only case we found in which a company sought to stop screenshots involved Sony (who you think would be friendlier to fair use) and they lost that one. So, we think the coast is clear for your book.