Contract or License?

Karsten M. Self kmself at
Fri Sep 14 21:24:31 UTC 2001

on Fri, Sep 14, 2001 at 09:31:10AM -0700, Lawrence E. Rosen (lrosen at wrote:
> Karsten, 
> > > 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."

I hate to be the one to out-lawyer the lawyers....

OK, no I don't. ;-)

But I did want to point out that the expression v. usage boundary has
now been blurred.


Karsten M. Self <kmself at>

Praying for the victims. 
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