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Is it illegal to copy and distribute a video game's instruction booklet?

I know it is illegal to distribute a game itself, but is it ok to scan a copy of the booklet and put a downloadable copy on a website. I do not plan on making a profit.

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Most likely a video game's instruction booklet will be protected by copyright. I believe there was a law suit regarding copyright violations over turkey cooking instructions. You maybe have a fair use defense regarding putting a downloadable copy on your website, but that's something you might want to look into and see if it's worth the risk.

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I believe that the booklet would be copyrighted and therefore protected from copying and distribution without the company's permission - it is their intellectual property.

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I wouldn't think so. Not if your not making money from it. They have walk throughs of games on sites. I can't see any problem with doing it.

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I wouldn't take any chances with copyrighted material . You could end up in a huge mess .

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Yes

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