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I remember when I was in University, taking text books to the University's' library photocopiers and copying large swathes of text book for study purposes instead of buying the book. Those days every student was aware of the 'Sony' ruling which apparently allowed persons to copy up to twenty percent of a text book without the fear of prosecution. Since then, this ruling has been over-ruled and this situation does not longer exist. As a result publishers and content providers are coming up with novel ways to prevent their Intellectual property from been stolen. The method employed by PMI for PMBOK V6 is just one such way that they have employed to deter would be copiers. Also if you receive the electronic version of the PMBOK, then they have employed similar techniques.
I noticed the page color with the Agile Practice Guide. As I was part of the reviewers, I was mailed a copy. At first, I thought it was a pre-general availability type of version of the book. But then I rec'd another and it was the same. Did not realize the PMBOK was the same. Also did not realize the why behind it.
That is quite surprising. I am not a fan of the page color and had wished the customers were not the ones to pay the consequence.
I would not be surprised if PMI entirely does away with paper publications of its standards and practice guides in favor of locked down soft copies. At least with the PDF versions, they are watermarked with our PMI IDs so copyright violation concerns can be addressed without impacting readability.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
How do you think copyright should be protected?
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