Can Anyone Buy Academic Software?
If you're looking to buy software and are finding out that the "Academic" version is much cheaper and want to get that nice low price but are discouraged to do so because you are not a student or an educator. Don't worry you can still purchase an "academic" priced item without having to present proof of eligibility.
The following is the text from the Supreme Court ruling:
The first-sale doctrine is a limitation on copyright that was recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1908 (see Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus) and subsequently codified in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 109. The doctrine allows the purchaser to transfer (i.e., sell, lend or give away) a particular lawfully made copy of the copyrighted work without permission once it has been obtained. This means that the copyright holder's rights to control the change of ownership of a particular copy ends once ownership of that copy has passed to someone else, as long as the copy itself is not an infringing copy. This doctrine is also referred to as the "right of first sale, " "first sale rule, " or "exhaustion rule. "
(Ref: Microsoft v. Zamos)
In plain English: By a Supreme Court ruling, once a buyer has purchased software labeled for academic use they can in turn sell the product to anyone with out there being any legal repercussions to any party involved.
Now one of the questions that's most often asked when people see "academic" software is the following: is the product the same as a product labeled full retail? The answer is YES! The label academic is only a label but the product purchased at the academic price is still the equivalent of the full retail version, and comes with all the same functionality, as it's full priced, retail counterpart.
So there you have it, you can now buy discounted "academic" software and enjoy the great price that you will get with out any worries or the hassle of having to identify your self as a student or an educator.
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