Copying techical specs from manufacturers website

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Copying techical specs from manufacturers website

What are the rules for using technical specs from the manufactures website on my own website? I am selling one of their products used and want to provide the technical specs of the unit. Can I do this without getting in trouble or can I say specs per their website?

Asked on July 29, 2016 under Business Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You cannot reproduce their specs on your website, since doing so would violate their copyright in the specifications: anyone who creates an original text (including specifications or instructions) gets copyright in and to it, which includes the right to prevent others from copying, publishing reproducing it, etc. You can, however, refer publishers to their website, so long as in doing so, you do not use any trademarked names, logos, etc. to refer to them or their site.

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