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Re: [dvd-discuss] Postage Meters and the "Right to Tinker"
- To: dvd-discuss(at)cyber.law.harvard.edu
- Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Postage Meters and the "Right to Tinker"
- From: Ken Arromdee <arromdee(at)rahul.net>
- Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 14:09:08 -0800 (PST)
- In-reply-to: <3E1F0C5E.8EED42AE@ia.nsc.com>
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On Fri, 10 Jan 2003, John Zulauf wrote:
> > > The gift is a of copy (and thus the right to use) an fully functioning
> > > installer disk that includes most of the components of a working
> > > TurboTax. In the EULA and on the packaging are the terms of that
> > > right-to-use. Any use outside those terms is only legitimate if it
> > > falls under the general rubric of "fair use."
> > No, because the user can refuse to agree to the terms of the EULA. If he
> > so refuses, he has the rights that he has for use of a gift in the absence of
> > an EULA.
> note the "and on the packaging" quote -- clearly they have communicated
> the absence of a "right-to-use" without additional charge.
They can't do that. Unsolicited merchandise is legally considered a gift,
whether the company likes it or not. The company can't communicate
restrictions that keep you from having some of the rights a gift would
normally have. If they could do that, there would be no point to such a
law in the first place, since any company could just slap on a sticker saying
"this is not a gift" and be exempt from the law.
> In absence
> of the EULA you still don't have the right to make an infringing copies,
> which is was use of the program sans RTU is.
You automatically have the right to make whatever temporary copies are
necessary to run the program.