Limits of Licenses

John Cowan jcowan at
Tue Mar 28 17:27:19 UTC 2000

David Johnson wrote:

> I've seen several software licenses that say essentially "don't lend
> the media to your friend".

Well, those are EULAs, which are (colorably) contracts, not just copyright
licenses, and can require you to do lots of things.  The listmembers have been
reproved in the past for mentioning requirements to eat moose @%#$ in this
connection, so I won't mention it.

> I'm wondering why the law treats books and
> software differently.

Historical precedent, plus plenty of clout on the part of software publishers.


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