"Shrink Wrap" and Click-through Licenses

Some types of license specify that the end user must explicitly agree to the terms of the license before using the licensed product, and they state that the act of entering the resource or opening the package constitutes such an agreement. For "shrink-wrapped" licenses (usually used for software), unwrapping the package signals acceptance of the license terms. "Click-through" licenses are more usual with online resources, and these require the user to read and accept a set of license terms before gaining access to the resource.

Gettysburg College IT Policy

Gettysburg College policy states that it is a violation to use college information technology resources to conduct "prohibited activity such as unlicensed and illegal copying or distribution of software that violate federal, state, or university statutes or regulations  or are in conflict with the university's status as a public, non-profit institution. It is prohibited to download, store or share copyrighted materials without permission of the copyright owner or where not permitted by fair use standards. . . ." See the full policy at Gettysburg College Information Technology Policies.

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