In this question a user states they own the original copy of a game and is requesting a place to find the game manual.

In one of comments of the first answer one user states

As far as I know (though I might be wrong), it's illegal to reproduce the full manual in .pdf without the express consent of the producer, as it's part of the IP.

I've provided a second answer with the link a link to a PDF version of the complete manual, and I'm wondering if this is actually ok or if it would be better if I remove the answer.


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It is not our job to police this, "thanks" to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Let the lawyers sort it out.

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    Agree. If something isn't immediately apparent as being illegal, let copyright holders do their thing by filing DMCA take-down notices. The linked site will deal with it as they see fit, and Stack Exchange will do the same.
    – MBraedley
    Aug 16, 2013 at 13:06
  • That said, these types of questions encourage link-only answers. Legalities aside, these are not good questions.
    – Frank
    Aug 16, 2013 at 14:02
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    @fbueckert the link is the answer. If the link goes offline, the entirety of the answer becomes incorrect. It's a different issue than if the answer remains correct but is hidden behind a broken link.
    – badp
    Aug 16, 2013 at 14:05
  • Arguably, the manual itself is the answer, which would still be valid even when the particular transcription isn't available anymore ... But I agree that we shouldn't block out questions just because the answers are links by necessity.
    – user98085
    Aug 16, 2013 at 16:04

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