View Full Version : Posting scan images of car service manuals ?

12-06-2005, 11:25 PM
I noticed that a car site ive visited has premium membership and they charge members to access a scanned copy of factory service manual for this certain make. Isnt this illegal ?

12-07-2005, 07:16 AM
I would say so.

12-07-2005, 09:49 AM
I find it frustrating to compete against sites that use methods like this to provide information for their users. Just to make some money off memberships

12-08-2005, 10:07 AM
Are you sure they don't have permission from the manufacturer to publish the manuals?

12-08-2005, 02:26 PM
If you competition is doing something illegal, you can always report them. The consequences for them can be anywhere from having to remove the material, to getting completely shut down.

12-08-2005, 07:24 PM
i dunno if they have permission or not... a dealer contacted me yesterday offering me that info so that is kinda interesting... I asked him to make sure with his company to make sure that it is legal to post this on the web for visitors to see and use. If its a go ill probally try to find some legal advice just to be sure before i post this information.

03-01-2006, 02:54 PM
It's probably a copyright infringment. The dealers are merely independant agents of the car manufacturers, so would really have no authority to say it's legal.
I'd be very wary.