BUFFER COPIES DO NOT VIOLATE COPYRIGHT LAW

Courts have considered whether the copying of a program from a disk drive into RAM for its execution constitutes a reproduction of that work, which is the first of the exclusive rights in copyright. An appellate court in the U.S. held that fleeting, transitory copies like the so-called "buffer copies" do not render someone liable for copyright infringement.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the definition of a ‘buffer copy’?
What legal and practical problems would arise if a RAM buffer copy would be considered a copyright infringement?
What are the consequences for digital technology in deeming RAM copies as copyright infringement?

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