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Unauthorized Copying of Software: What is Wrong with the Nonexclusive Argument?
September/October 2005 (vol. 7 no. 5)
pp. 49-51
Mikko T. Siponen, University of Oulu, Finland
Some have argued that because software is itself intangible, people have the right to copy and distribute it freely. This is generally referred to as the nonexclusive argument, and assumes that because the "owner" of the software is not technically losing anything tangible, copying should not be considered illegal. The author outlines why this nonexclusive argument doesn't hold water after closer scrutiny.
Index Terms:
nonexclusive argument, intellectual property rights, intangible software
Citation:
Mikko T. Siponen, "Unauthorized Copying of Software: What is Wrong with the Nonexclusive Argument?," IT Professional, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 49-51, Sept.-Oct. 2005, doi:10.1109/MITP.2005.127
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