Consumer Law

Buying and Using Software

Software is a bunch of magnetic "ones and zeros," or electronic signals, that takes your thousands of dollars worth of plastic, metal and glass—your personal computer, or hardware—and animates it into something that lets you "fly" an airplane, balance your checkbook or manage your small business. Most personal computers sold today come with a "bundle" of software pre-loaded onto the computer, including basic financial, word processing, communications and entertainment software.

There are some important legal issues connected with buying and using software.

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Can you copy software legally?

What legal terms govern your use of software?

What limitations are usually placed on how you use software?

Do you have a right to make backup copies?

How can you protect yourself as a software consumer?


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