Using Windows gif's to develop curriculum

I would like to use a shareware program called Printkey to develop curriculum for Windows NT Basic Users.  The images that would be placed into the curriculum would come from my own workstation; however, I am unsure if copyright laws pertain to any of the gif's developed by Windows NT.  For example, can I open a window, use Printkey to copy it as an image, and then import that image into a document I am creating.  

On a side note, these books will not be sold; however, my company is contracted to deliver training.

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If you are asking if it is illegal to use Microsoft Images in your product for profit, then yes it is.  Unless you get permission from them.  However, screen copies used in presentations are not in violation of copywrite as I know it.  But then again, I'm not a copywrite lawyer.  

If you are using the images in a training program, and you are a certified Microsoft training outlet, then you have already been given permission to use the images in your training documents.  MS allows you to use images in the training of their products freely.
If You however edit the pictures....just enough for them to be different the copyright laws are gone....because it's not the same anymore...
in order for a picture to be re-used without violating the copyright, it must be changed by 10%.  Obviously, this is a difficult thing to weigh.  How do you decide what amount of changes = 10%.  Here's an example of how I have done it.

While designing a brochure for a small company, they wanted me to use a picture of Rusty Wallace's stockcar which was copyrighted.  To get around this, I simply edited the picture, removing some of the sponsor logos, changed the number on the car, and removed other identifying images/information.  The bottom line is, if the identifying marks on your images like an MS logo are removed, the copyright would not be a problem.
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Where did you get this 10% rule????  Here is the straight scoop,

However, there is a little known clause regarding copyright items called "fair use", read this;
in honesty, the 10% rule was quoted to me by an old employer at a graphics design/printing company from a book which he had regarding graphics design copyrights.  I don't recall the name of the book but I trusted his recital of it.  Here is something similar I found from your link though it doesn't mention the 10% thing.

(e) Infringing Article Defined. - As used in this section, an ''infringing article'' is any article the design of which has been copied from a design protected under this chapter, without the consent of the owner of the protected design. An infringing article is not an illustration or picture of a protected design in an advertisement, book, periodical, newspaper, photograph, broadcast, motion picture, or similar medium.  A design shall not be deemed to have been copied from a protected design if it is original and not     substantially similar in appearance to a protected design.

this was the bottom line of my post in the first place.
Yup!  So if it is edited or modified as to  be "not substantially similar" everything is suppose to be OK...  Sounds like lawyer talk to me... ;-)
buffperezAuthor Commented:
I want to thak everyone for their help.  I found a site on and according to Microsoft:  Their clip art is not authorized for use without specific permission from Micorsoft.  However, Microsoft does not object to third party use of screen shots of their software in products in advertising, ...books...etc., so long as the use is not disparaging ....

Thanks for all you help.
Right... "Fair Use" is in use in this manner, as I mentioned before, MS allows you to use images in the training of their products freely.


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