At work we want to put up a certain type of pantone color chart on the website so that people can at least see approximate colors. I'm well aware of the issues with precise matching using a computer monitor; we just want to provide some general reference so that people can see what colors we're talking about if we give them a PMS number.
If you follow this search
(link goes to a Google search with a very long search string to get a specific result), you'll see lots of charts that people have put up for similar purposes. Many of them seem similar enough that they seem to have come from a common source.
I don't want to cheat and just swipe someone else's chart, and I'm a bit concerned as to whether Pantone considers these sorts of charts to be infringing on their IP. Even if I contact one of these businesses and they say it's okay to copy their work, I'm concerned because so many of them seem just alike that they've swiped the thing themselves, unless I can establish where it's come from.
Any ideas as to how one of these charts can be generated, and to the general legality of the thing? My company purchases Pantone color books and any software we use that does color matching is properly licensed, so I feel that the color referencing is being paid for at the point of actual application.
Pantone provides some "official" tools that have the net result of entering a Pantone number and seeing it on-screen, but they require 3-4 steps, including selecting the right book, which may be beyond some of our customers to follow.