Think of it this way:  There's a default licence (absent an explicit
        licence statement) that is implicit in copyright law.  Copyright law
        grants to lawful recipients the right to compile and the right to use --
        but not the right to create derivative works or redistribute.[1]

Do you say the law prevents me from taking a legal copy of a copyrighted
work, which is a program, and privately modifying that program for my own use?

Wouldn't that be a bit like owning a legal copy of copyrighted music,
but not having the right to change any of the notes?  Or buying a magazine
but having the right to remove any of the pages or to add it to a scrapbook?

Is software treated specially in copyright law?


Stephen North

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