Summary: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM
SECTION: Information Technology NUMBER: 07.A.02
AREA: Computing Services
SUBJECT: The Ethical and Legal Use of Personal Computer Software
August 24, 1992; Revised February 28, 2010 Page 1 of 2
The purpose of this document is to establish a policy for the legal use of personal
computer software. Educational institutions are not exempt from the copyright laws
concerning computer software. Unauthorized duplication of software is a federal crime.
Title 17, Section 106 of the US Code states, "It is illegal to make or distribute copies of
copyrighted material without authorization." The only exception to this rule is the user's
right to make a backup copy for archival purposes if the manufacturer does not provide
2.1. The University of Houston System licenses the use of computer software from a
variety of outside companies. The System does not own this software or its
related documentation and, unless authorized by the software developer, does not
have the right to reproduce it.
2.2. A software license must be purchased for each computer it will be used on, unless