Contract or License?

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at
Fri Sep 14 16:31:10 UTC 2001


> > Copyright law does not restrict use of an authorized copy.  
> It does now.
> Under 1201, there are various uses of a copy which are prohibited.  If
> a content control mechanism prohibits certain types of use, then
> circumventing the control (arguably a use) is prohibited, under Title
> 17.

Copyright law does not prohibit use.  It prohibits reverse engineering
(and similar activities) under certain circumstances.  I didn't intend
to be subtle about the meaning of the word "use."


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