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is it legal to back up programs?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by ste2425, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. ste2425

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    If i was to back up all my programs onto my hard drive in iso or burn to another disk purly for my own personal use to back up my software is this legal? All products from games to windows os?
     
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    Completey legal.
     
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    i back up everything i own to digital copy, makes it quicker to install later, i think i've got close to 100 games in iso format on my nas server

    i also ghost my drives to have a few essentials like drivers and crap installed in case i need to redo windows, it reall speeds the reinstall process up.
     
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    thanks im fed up of damaging my games, recently i tried to instal my xp an couldnt because of the state of the disk so i was contemplating backing all my programs up for such eventualities but didnt want to risk any form of legal action lol cheers
     
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    I keep backups of all my digital downloads especialy when i PAID for them.
     
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    I don't know about the UK (although all modern nations have a similar law) but in the USA it is illegal unless you are a registered library under the DMCA. In terms of prosecution, however, I can't name any case where an application backup resulted in severe legal penalties. It is usually "illegal distribution of copyrighted content."
     
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