software and personal use

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  • When a cd-rom accompanying a book states it is licensed solely for your personal use, can that cd-rom circulate from a library with the book?
  • If you mean is this legal, then the answer is yes. It's possible for the publisher to place some type of restriction on the software, but copyright law does not prevent this use.

    Personal use means that you cannot redistribute or copy the software, but it can be circulated by the library--this is still personal use. There is a notice of copyright placed on the CD also.

    If you live in a UCITA state, there may be other qualifications I don't know about regarding the shrink-wrap licensing. This website in Wisconson has a nice policy for circulating software

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