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Re: software licensing

john@dhh.gt.org wrote:
> Rob Tillotson writes:
> > Last time I checked, that action would make me a software pirate and
> > copyright scofflaw, if I didn't also destroy the original copy.  How can
> > that be, considering that I haven't distributed anything?
> You made a copy, which is what copyright law gives the copyright owner the
> right to forbid.  Typical proprietary software licenses grant you the right
> to make a backup copy on the condition that you not use it for anything but
> restoring your system.

No, copyright law is not that strict.  The right to make an archival copy
is part of "fair use", which is pretty flexible.

Richard Braakman

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