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Is it legal to host user-manual documents (e.g. a user manual for an lcd television in pdf format) on my server? Also, if I made an HTML page that contains a list of all those hosted documents (again on my server) along with advertisements, would that be described as "redistribution" and if so, would that be legal?

Or maybe this question is too generic and should each document's legality would need to be considered in its own context?

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closed as not constructive by DisgruntledGoat, John Conde May 1 '13 at 11:28

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Do any of these documents contain a copyright notice? If yes, what does it say? – Tom Brossman Apr 30 '13 at 19:58
Generally they are copyrighted. – Simon Hayter Apr 30 '13 at 20:48
Yes, most (if not all) of them contain a copyright notice like "(c) 2009 X Inc. - All rights reserved.". – Cihat Keser May 1 '13 at 8:36
So they've reserved all rights and you can't do it. – paulmorriss May 1 '13 at 10:06
Sorry, the only answer is "check with the people that made the manuals". – DisgruntledGoat May 1 '13 at 10:42