TheRealAnubis wrote:Thanks! It looks like I'll be able to donate some Owner's manuals and service manuals too!
No disrespect is intended but....
There is no need to donate owner's manuals as they can be found online at Yamaha's Japanese site. Yamahasynth.com also has the same manuals in various languages but not for every instrument. If you have an owner's manual not available by Yamaha then it should be welcome here.
As for service manuals it's illegal to distribute them as you know. Those that do know their way on the net can find lots of service manuals on at least two sites and download them. I am OK with this but I am not OK with the creeps that download them and then sell on ebay a "top quality re-print" as if it were their own property. Really? Top quality?
I need to find some time and write a nice letter to Yamaha's lawyers asking them if their IP has been put on the web and it's free for the takers. I want to inform them about the wise guys that make copies of the A-series sampling CDs, the various ROMs, and of course the service manuals that are sold on ebay.
Anyone that wants an illegal copy of a service manual can get it for free and use it to fix their instrument. Unethical but as I said I can live with it. Selling it to make a few bucks? Nope, I cannot live with it and I am going after those people because to me they are of the lowest quality humans on the planet. They would sell the stiff (read dead parent) to the city mortuary for a few bucks. Just pathetic.
By the way, I couldn't care less if the rest of you like my views or not. Get an illegal copy of some software, manual, whatever to fix your toy or to try and see if the software will help you on something you do. You made money by using that illegal software copy in your business? Then pay for the freaking license. You fixed your synth and gave a concert charging a fee to people that attended? Pay for the freaking manual then.
Yamaha's service department in the USA can send you a free copy of a service manual by email or on a CD if you talk nicely to them. Sometimes they also send upgrade files not available to the general public.
I recall that we had some SY ROMs available on this site and that's fine because we try to work on some hardware problem that Yamaha cannot solve for us since their support for the SY-series has stopped long ago. But if I find anyone selling those ROMs you can bet I'll come after you. Just because they are available on the web it does not mean that they become your property to sell.
End of rant.