Copying software

If you are the legitimate owner or a licensed user of a computer program, sections 47AB to 47H of the Copyright Act specify the circumstances under which a reproduction of the program is allowed to be made. Broadly, these circumstances are:

  • to make a backup copy
  • to use the copy and store the original
  • to develop interoperable programs
  • error correction
  • security testing
  • data backup.

Copying software for any other purpose is a copyright infringement and carries heavy penalties. University policy prohibits the presence of illegally obtained or unlicensed software on University owned equipment.