Source Code and Right of the Software User under French Law

Under French law, the author of software enjoys an exclusive property right that is enforceable against all persons, including the user. The source code, which is a high-level computer language used to compose software, is covered by this property right. However, in certain circumstances, the user can legally access the source code without the authorization of the author. These circumstances should be strictly defined and regulated by the license agreement.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What can the user do regarding the source code without the authorization of the author?
In what respect can the license agreement regulate the access to the source code?

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