WordPress, themes, and derivative works
Posted Jul 29, 2010 22:44 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
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So if I have a printer whose drivers don't allow me to do silly things, is it within my right to adapt them?
The provision I quoted applies to end users. It also prohibits distribution of those adaptations:
Not only that, in the case of adapting out the silliness in the printer driver, the law doesn't help the end user either. It says you can make adaptations needed to run the program, and was intended to address the perverse interpretations of copyright law that once existed that loading (and relocating, etc.) a program required permission from the copyright owner. As long as you can use the printer driver to do the things it was intended to do, I don't think any court would say it's an essential step in using the driver to remove silly restrictions from it.
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