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copyright bachelor thesis

Jun 22, 2017 at 08:23 AM


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I am about to write my bachelor thesis about a SAP-specific topic. I would like to add some screenshots from the SAP-System (e.g. to demonstrate where you have to click) , so I am wondering if this would violate SAP Copyright or requires some sort of Approval by SAP.

Greetings, Michael

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Jelena Perfiljeva
Jun 22, 2017 at 06:55 PM

I'd say include the copyright clause for the screenshots and trademark acknowledgement as well. You can find the verbiage in any SAP Press book, for example., or SAP's own documents.

Since it's for educational purposes only, I believe no special approval is required (see Fair Use). But you can always ask someone at your school to clarify. Actually this should already be covered in some kind of a guide that all the students should've received. From what I recall, in my days we were given specific instructions on how to reference software used, note trademarks, etc. in our work.

Disclosure: this is not a legal advice and I'm not a lawyer.

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I am speaking only from my student days experience and i agree with Jelena.

Also from my experience the instructor/teacher can guide you.


Eli Klovski
Jun 26, 2017 at 11:44 AM


In my opinion and with accordance to the commonly known 4-factors analysis of fair use, such a usage of screenshots wouldn't require any special approval from SAP, given the fact that the product itself, from where the screenshots are taken, is a properly licensed product. The four factors are the following:

1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes.
2. The nature of the copyrighted work.
3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.

According to the description of your requirement, usage of several screenshots passes easily this 4-factors' test, as points 3 and 4 are obviously irrelevant in your particular case.



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