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JW: Watchtower Library License Agreement vs Fair Use Statute

Discussion in 'Same Faith Debates' started by t3gah, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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    Watchtower Library 2003 - English Edition

    Viewing the "Proper Use" Letter and License Agreement


    To read the "proper use" six-point questionaire and/or the "License Agreement", if your Watchtower Library 2003 CD is installed, please follow the instructions below:

    From Windows (using your mouse)

    1. Select the Start button on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
    2. Select Programs from the menu that pops up.
    3. Select "Watchtower Library 2003 - English Edition" from the submenu.
    4. Select "Watchtower Library Help" from the "Watchtower Library 2003 - English Edition" submenu.
    5. Click the underlined word "Appendix" on the main panel where it says "Welcome to Watchtower Library".
    6. From the list displayed under "Appendix Table of Contents":
      • Click the underlined word "Letter" to read the Appendix-Letter.
      • Click the underlined word "License Agreement" to read the Appendix-License Agreement.
    From the Watchtower Library 2003 - English Edition application (using your mouse)


    1. From the menu bar of the Watchtower Library application, click "Help" with your mouse.
    2. From the "Help" drop down menu choose "Watchtower Library Help".
    3. Click the underlined word "Appendix" on the main panel where it says "Welcome to Watchtower Library".
    4. From the list displayed under "Appendix Table of Contents":
      • Click the underlined word "Letter" to read the Appendix-Letter.
      • Click the underlined word "License Agreement" to read the Appendix-License Agreement.
    Note:


    1. There's a button to go to the "License Agreement" at the bottom of the "Appendix-Letter", click that with your mouse if you are no longer at the "Appendix Table of Contents" page.
    2. You can use the arrow buttons (<< and >>) on the toolbar to navigate forwards and backwards.
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    1. Please consider these scriptures when making your decision to follow the letter and agreement or not:
    2. If you have a Watchtower Library CD ('95-'03) or the Watchtower bound volumes from 1954 & 1961, these two Watchtowers have some very interesting points to consider:
    • w54 10/1 ¶ 28
    • w61 5/1 ¶ 2
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    Question: Is it wrong then for a Christian to disregard the License Agreement from the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses because of the Fair Use Statute?

    The term "Governing Body" of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society denotes the "anointed remnant" of Christians depicted in Revelation that will join Christ in heaven to serve as judges and priests. And who the "Governing Body" of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Pennsylvania say are receiving instruction literally from Jesus Christ himself in heaven.


    The term "Jehovah's Witnesses" denotes persons baptized by the entity known as the "Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses", an extension of the legal organization, "Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Pennsylvania".


    The term "Fair Use Statute" is applicable in the United States of America only and can be viewed here: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html and can also be viewed here: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/copyright/fairuse.html
     
  2. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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    Watchtower Library 2003 - English Edition

    Dear Brothers:

    We are happy to provide for Jehovah's Witnesses this version of Watchtower Library. Please read the following six points about proper use of Watchtower Library and answers to questions that you may have. The License Agreement, which will be presented later during the actual installation, sets out in legal language a license covering copyright protection. If you accept the license and thus will use this electronic tool in your Bible research, indicate your agreement after reading it.

    YOUR USE OF WATCHTOWER LIBRARY

    1. What constitutes proper use? Watchtower Library has been designed for your personal use. Hence, you may copy, print, or excerpt from the data for your personal use. But you may not distribute the program or large sections of the data to others who do not own Watchtower Library on CD-ROM. Nor may you copy, print, or excerpt from the copyrighted data to prepare and distribute books. Please do not put the program or data on the Internet or any public network.

    2. Who may have a copy of Watchtower Library? Watchtower Library is a research tool for Jehovah's Witnesses, not for the public or for institutions such as schools or libraries.

    3. May I copy the program and data onto my hard disk and then not use the CD-ROM? Yes, that is possible with this version. Less disk space is involved when you access the data from the CD-ROM itself; however, the speed of some operations is significantly improved if the data is stored on the hard disk.

    4. If I personally own several computers, may I copy Watchtower Library and/or its data onto these? Yes.

    5. May I make a duplicate of my CD-ROM as a backup in case I lose or damage my original? Yes, but this does not refer to duplicating the CD-ROM for others, which would fall outside the realm of personal use.

    6. May I write commercial software or utilities that employ the program or data from Watchtower Library? No. It is not proper to charge for or to receive money from writing or distributing any software that employs the Watchtower Library program, utilities, or data.



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    LICENSE AGREEMENT

    This is a legal agreement between you and Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania ("Watch Tower") for the material accompanying this Agreement, which include(s) computer software, electronic documentation, associated media, and printed materials (collectively the "Product"). By installing or otherwise using this Product, you are agreeing to the terms of this Agreement. If you do not agree to its terms, do not install or otherwise use the Product. Rather, return it to Watch Tower or transfer it to a user who agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement.

    1. COPYRIGHT. The Watchtower Library on CD-ROM, including all data and programs contained therein, ("SOFTWARE") is owned by Watch Tower and is protected by United States of America ("U.S.A.") copyright laws, international copyright treaties, and other intellectual property laws and treaties. You may not copy the SOFTWARE or the printed materials ("Printed Materials") except as specifically provided in this Agreement.

    2. GRANT OF LICENSE. Watch Tower grants you the right to use personally the SOFTWARE. You may not network the SOFTWARE or put it on or use it over the Internet. Subject to restrictions set forth in this Agreement, you may copy the program and data from the SOFTWARE to the hard disk of your personally-owned computer(s). Any data you copy shall be for your noncommercial purposes. You may not copy and distribute for commercial purposes portions of the data contained in the Product. You may transfer all the SOFTWARE and all Printed Materials to another party who is one of Jehovah's Witnesses but only if that party accepts all of the terms of this Agreement, and such party's possession or use of the SOFTWARE shall be deemed to be such acceptance. If you make such a transfer, you may not retain any copies of the Printed Materials or SOFTWARE, and the SOFTWARE may not remain installed on your computer(s).

    3. RESTRICTIONS ON USE. You may not do any of the following: transmit all or any portion of the SOFTWARE by electronic means, such as E-mail; post all or any portion of the SOFTWARE on the Internet, a public network, or any type of electronic message board; copy, print, or excerpt from the SOFTWARE to prepare and distribute books, booklets, or any compilation of Watch Tower's copyrighted material; copy the Printed Materials; duplicate for distribution all or any portion of the SOFTWARE on any kind of compact disc or other duplicating device; print for any distribution an entire Watch Tower magazine, brochure, pamphlet, or book from the SOFTWARE; alter the SOFTWARE; reverse engineer, reverse assemble, reverse compile, disassemble, or decompile the SOFTWARE; sublicense or lease the SOFTWARE; use the SOFTWARE with other access programs; use or call subroutines (.DLL routines) provided by the SOFTWARE to create new or derivative works, including utilities; remove or obscure Watch Tower's copyright and/or trademark notices; use the SOFTWARE or Printed Materials for any commercial purpose.

    4. LIMITED WARRANTY. Watch Tower warrants that the medium upon which the SOFTWARE is provided to you is free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use for a period of 60 days from the date of delivery. Watch Tower warrants that the SOFTWARE will perform substantially in accordance with the Printed Materials.

    DISCLAIMER. EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITED WARRANTY SET FORTH ABOVE, THE SOFTWARE AND THE PRINTED MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED TO YOU IN "AS IS" CONDITION WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU BEAR ALL RISK RELATING TO QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE. YOU ASSUME COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SELECTION AND INSTALLATION OF THE SOFTWARE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME PORTION OF THE STATED EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY AMONG JURISDICTIONS. WATCH TOWER DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE DATA IS IDENTICAL TO WATCH TOWER'S PUBLICATIONS.

    5. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. Your exclusive remedy for Watch Tower's breach of its limited warranty shall be replacement of any defective medium returned to Watch Tower within the warranty period. In no event will Watch Tower be liable for any lost profits or any damages, including direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or any other type of damages, arising out of this Agreement or the use of the SOFTWARE or the Printed Materials even if Watch Tower has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Because some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the foregoing limitations may not apply to you.

    6. TERM AND TERMINATION. This Agreement is effective until terminated. You may terminate it at any time by returning the original medium containing the SOFTWARE to Watch Tower and certifying in writing that you have destroyed all copies you may have made on any storage system or other medium. If you breach any of the terms of this Agreement, then Watch Tower may terminate this Agreement and require you to return the original medium containing the SOFTWARE, and you then must certify in writing that you have not retained or transferred any copy of the SOFTWARE.

    7. OTHER PROVISIONS. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without regard to conflict of laws provisions. Any legal action relating to this Agreement shall be brought in a state or federal court having jurisdiction in the State of New York, U.S.A. Should any provision of this Agreement be held to be void, invalid, unenforceable, or illegal by a court, the validity or enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected thereby. Failure of Watch Tower to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not constitute or be construed as a waiver of such provision or the right to enforce such provision. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Watch Tower concerning the Product.
     
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