CD-ROM software and copyright

Mike Boedicker (
Tue, 17 Sep 2002 12:23:27 -0700 (PDT)

This isn't strictly about video, but maybe someone can help.

We have a very small (20-30 title) circulating CD-ROM software collection --
non-game stuff like "Learn Guitar," "The World of Art," etc. I was always
under the impression that when patrons installed the software, they were
really just installing a kind of mini-program that allowed the CD to
operate, & thus the program would no longer run after the CD was returned to
the library. But our resident computer expert told me that some software
actually places the program's ENTIRE contents on a user's hard disk during
installation -- so the only way to remove the progran would be by
uninstalling it.

Does this latter case create a copyright problem for the library and/or
patron? I know some patrons have illegally copied our music CDs and videos,
but here we're talking about a situation where, just to RUN the thing, it
might be necessary to copy the contents.

Thanks as always.


Mike Boedicker
Audiovisual Director & Webmaster
Danville Public Library
319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832
(217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230

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