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Computer software is complex, and there are a wide range of intellectual property (IP) rights which can subsist in it: copyright in the program code, documentation and user interface, database right in data provided with it, and, potentially, patents in some of the underlying ideas and inventions, to take just a few examples. Complying with IP rights in computer software is therefore not always completely straightforward. Here are a few practical things to look out for.
Scope of use
Software is usually licensed for use within a particular scope. Because most of the acts of “using” computer programs (copying to a hard drive, loading into memory, causing a processor to execute instructions, displaying on screen and so on) are acts restricted by copyright law, it is important not to exceed the scope of the licence you have been granted. Here are some common scope of use restrictions which you may come across:
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