Computer Law Example
Mai v. Peak
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that when an unauthorized user performs maintenance on a computer and causes an operating system to load diagnostic software into the computer, the resulting copyright is unauthorized and therefore, a violation of the copyright owner's exclusive rights.
Computer Law Fact
The US Copyright section 117 was amended in 1998 to allow the exception of making copies of software in a computer in order to repair the computer.
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