To be more precise, here is what is written on the Basic Role Playing system, the big golden book, second edition:
"The reproduction from material from within this book for the purpose of personal or corporate profit [...] is prohibited." So, as long as it is for personal use and not for profit, it sounds to be allowed... Printing one book from a pdf with such a copyright will certainly be considered as legal as long as the owner of the printed book is also the owner of the pdf... Now, printing a dozen of books from the same pdf will certainly not be considered as personal use, of course...
GURPS Lite, to take another example, gives even more license to the users : "GURPS Lite is copyright © 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 by Steve Jackson Games Incorporated. It is intended for free distribution. You are encouraged to copy and share these 32 pages freely."
So, it really depends on the copyright. Thus, even if we usually skip it when we read a new book, watch it carefully when you want to know the author's point of view about their rights.
Last edited by Gollum; January 27th, 2013 at 17:37.
Again, though, Fed-Ex/Kinkos will require you to get the author's signature on a form they provide before they will allow you to print a PDF. They will require this even if the PDF has three pages of disclaimers saying, "Yes, it is OK to print and copy this document for personal use!" If YOU are they author, they expect you to prove it. They questioned my mother about copying and enlarging an ink drawing I did.
Last edited by seneschal; January 27th, 2013 at 17:50.
Having said that, there are a lot of other ways to print a pdf, like in a "photocopying shop" for instance (I don't know if "photocopying shop" it is the good English term).
Indeed, they usually have tools to do a much better job than a simple home printing (high quality laser printer, high quality paper, etc.) and several different kinds of interesting bindings, as soon as you are ready to pay for a nearly professional work.
The difference between them and a professional printer is mainly the fact that the printer will be able to make a huge amount of copies and to reduce the cost depending on this number.
I've Printed out several PDFs at stores and have gotten several different results. Some times it has gone smoothly; at other times they want me to sing a form that realeses them of responsiblity if I printed something I shouldn't have.
In extreme cases I had somebody refuse to print something despite the "permission to reproduce" notice on the cover, although, thankfully, the manager came over and overrode that. In one instance they wanted my to present written proof that I had permission to print the document, which was fun as I was the author. In that case I wrote out a note on a piece of paper and whipped out my ID. Problem solved. And in one instance the guy printing it was a gamer ans wanted a copy for himself!
All in the same store.
But generally, it's not to bad. THe worse they can do is say no, and in most cases they don't want to say no and loose the business. As long as you are polite and reasonable about things, you will probably get your way. Just don't go ballistic.
In my experience, the manager is more willing to accommodate. The help don't want to be the one who prints off the "no-no" PDF and get into trouble. More experienced employees, and managers aren't usually as paranoid, and better able to tell what item will cause problems. But generally things go smoothly.
Smiley when you say that.
I print mine out at work, largely B&W except for perhaps the covers and take them to the local print shop for binding. If I had to pay for printing, I think it would probably be better to simply buy the printed book!