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|Software Ethics Policy|
Software Ethics Policy
Belmont University does not condone any illicit use of software.
While the University recognizes that the law concerning legal
protection of software is unsettled, if software has been
copyrighted and/or received under license, the following will be
considered lawful use of that software by someone with legitimate
access to a copy.
� Making backup copies for one's personal
use, even if the software is copy protected.
� Configuring the software and making other
reasonable modifications specifically designed to fit the software
to the user's needs.
� Using the software on only one machine at any given
� Selling or giving the original copy and documentation to another, provided that the transferor keeps no copies whatsoever of either the software or documentation and provides the transferee only with original copies. (This assumes that the copy of the software is owned rather than borrowed or leased)
The following are actions that are considered illicit and may
subject the actor to sanctions as deemed appropriate by the
� Providing copies of copyrighted or licensed
software to others while maintaining copies for one's own
use, unless there is a specific provision in the license allowing
such activity. The activity is forbidden even if the software is
provided without cost for an educational purpose.
� Using software or documentation known to have been
obtained in violation of the copyright law or a valid license
provision. Use of a copy of a copyrighted program obtained from
another party for which no license exists that allows such a
transfer will be presumed to be knowing, and the burden of
demonstrating that the use was innocent will rest with user.
� Using a copyrighted program on more than one
machine at the same time unless a specific license provision
permits such activity.