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Users Generally Don’t Own Programs

When a company purchases software, it most often purchases a software license. If a company wants to buy a word-processing program for 100 employees, legally it must purchase 100 copies of the program, or at least buy a site license that allows the company to use the software on more than one machine. When a company buys a program, it does not own the program. When you buy a record, you do not own the music; you have only purchased the rights to listen to the music. You cannot legally alter the music, record it, give away recordings of it, and most importantly, you cannot sell recordings that you make of it. The same is true for software that you buy. The license for individual software grants you permission to use the software on one computer at any one time.

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