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asked 2018-02-09 17:35:31 +0100

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updated 2020-10-29 21:52:15 +0100

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I am planning to write a book on using spreadsheet in business applications. May I use portion of LibreOffice Calc screenshots? I mean pictures which show for instance formulas in few cells, without showing the whole GUI?

I am asking because for instance Microsoft disallows doing that. According to their policies every screenshot should be full sized, with whole interface, etc. They only allow to resize the image – nothing else.

Thank you in advance for answering my question.

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answered 2018-02-09 19:19:19 +0100

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First, as an aside let me say I am nauseated my MS's greedy control over every aspect of use of its products. I hadn't conceived anything at this level existed. The sooner MS is put to rest the better.

Second, I personally can't conceive of LO restricting such use, and here is an excerpt from the License (my emphasis). I am not a lawyer, so I offer this for informational purposes only.

2.1. Grants Each Contributor hereby grants You a world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license: a. under intellectual property rights (other than patent or trademark) Licensable by such Contributor to use, reproduce, make available, modify, display, perform, distribute, and otherwise exploit its Contributions, either on an unmodified basis, with Modifications, or as part of a Larger Work; and

The full license is at, or you can get to it via the Help menu.

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