Copies of Computer Programs
Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Computer Programs
Title 17 U.S. Code, Section 117

Under this statute, the owner of a copy of a computer program is allowed to make additional copies of such program in two instances. First, whenever a program is run, it is generally necessary for a copy to be made onto the hard drive. Therefore, a copy may be made whenever it is necessary for the use of the computer program. Second, most users wish to make a copy for archival purposes, due to hard drive failures and the like.

Both of these copies are made with the authorization of law. However, there is one restriction. All copies must be destroyed when the possession of a computer program ceases to be deemed rightful. Furthermore, any copies made in accordance with this section may be transferred but must be accompanied by the original program from which copies were made and with all rights in the program.

Reference: Fundamentals of Computer Fraud. (1999). Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

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