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This guide will give students and teachers copyright information and guidelines for research and Internet publication.
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Software

Dictionary.com defines software as "the programs used to direct the operation of a computer, as well as documentation giving instructions on how to use them."

We know software is what we use on a computer.  It includes programs to create documents such as reports, letters, newsletters, etc.  There are also programs for use with images and video or programs to create web sites, not to mention the games and entertainment software.  The list is endless.  In short, software is what makes a computer work for us.

Software, as with any published product, has some copyright rules to follow.  This page will outline some of the do's and don'ts for using software.

 

Software Guidelines

Do:

  • Read the software license and restrictions
  • Make one backup copy (or save a copy on a separate hard drive) to use only if the original fails

Don't:

  • Make multiple backup copies
  • Sell or distribute copies
  • Make a copy for school and home
  • Make copies for friends to use
  • Load onto several computers or a server for several people to use at once

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