Computer software is tangible material and can be copyrighted. The Doctrine of Fair Use applies to computer programs.
Permissible uses of copyrighted software
The following uses of copyrighted software owned by or licensed to the University or its faculty are permissible:
- Copying it by using it in a computer's memory;
- Making one backup or archival copy;
- Making adaptations in order to use a particular machine;
- Lending it; and
- Selling it; in which case the backup or archival copy must be destroyed.
Prohibited uses of copyrighted software
The following uses of copyrighted software are prohibited by law without the permission of the copyright owner:
- making copies for gift or sale;
- copying a computer program purchased for use at the University in order to use it at home; or
- copying a computer program purchased for use in one department or school for use in another department or school. A site license should be negotiated to allow multiple uses on campus.