[Solved] Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice.org

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[Solved] Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice.org

Postby Cactus Jack » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:44 pm

After many years using a PC, my wife decided she wants to go back to a Mac. So we go to BestBuy to select the model she wants. She has lots of documents created in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mostly). I've been a PC guy all my life, and all the software we own, including several versions of MS Office, are for PC. I suggested she try OpenOffice, and the sales guy says "all the documents you create in OpenOffice become the property of the 'owners' of OpenOffice."

Any truth to this? I never trust 75% of what those Geek Squad guys say, but wanted to check here. I can't find any reference to this on the OpenOffice.org site.

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Jack
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Re: Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice

Postby floris v » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:48 pm

That's absolute nonsense. I suppose he said it because he can't make any money out of OpenOffice. You own the documents that you make with any word processor, not only OpenOffice.
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Re: Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice.org

Postby thomasjk » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:29 am

+1 A lot of BS but that's what I'd expect at Best Buy.
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Re: Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice.org

Postby JohnSUN-Pensioner » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:09 pm

I don't think that the seller wanted to cheat buyers.
Rather, it is simply a misunderstanding.
This sales guy tried to repeat a rumor that he heard somewhere:
ODF-document (native format of OpenOffice.org) can open the user of OpenOffice.org. In that sense, MSOffice not cope with it.
He did not know what tells
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Re: Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice.org

Postby Cactus Jack » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks, guys. I didn't think he knew what he was talking about. I do buy from BestBuy quite a bit, but never before doing my own research. I just don't think most of the sales people know what they're talking about.

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Re: [Solved] Ownership of documents produced with OpenOffice

Postby robweir » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:04 am

Cactus Jack wrote:After many years using a PC, my wife decided she wants to go back to a Mac. So we go to BestBuy to select the model she wants. She has lots of documents created in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mostly). I've been a PC guy all my life, and all the software we own, including several versions of MS Office, are for PC. I suggested she try OpenOffice, and the sales guy says "all the documents you create in OpenOffice become the property of the 'owners' of OpenOffice."



A few years ago it was reported that Microsoft was giving BestBuy "anti Linux training" in order to promote the sales of MS Windows. I wonder if the same is going on with Office?

In any case, as the author of a document, you own it. The only exception might be if you have assigned ownership of your work to an employer or it is a work for hire, in which case they own your document. But there is absolutely nothing that would hand ownership of your document over to the OpenOffice project.

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