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Sample question on copyright law

Question

Describe one way in which the software industry prevents people from copying software illegally. (2 marks)

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Answer

Answer A:

Certain pieces of software require a unique licence key to be entered before the installation will continue.

Answer B:

Some software has a sticker on it telling you it must not be copied. It can only be copied in accordance with the licence agreement.

Answer C:

The software industry has set up an organisation called FAST to try to prevent users from breaking copyright law. Offenders can be prosecuted and sent to prison if caught.

Examiner's comment:

Any of the above answers are correct and you would be given two marks. The verb 'describe' in the question means that the answer requires a description or account rather than just a list or a word.

Although the instructions say 'describe one way', the question is worth 2 marks. Two pieces of information are needed - what the prevention is and how it works. If you only give one piece of information, you would only get one mark.

Another key phrase is 'software industry'. The question is asking how the 'software industry' is trying to stop the copying of software, not how the 'computer user' is trying to stop it. You wouldn't get any points if you wrote 'Don't let anyone get into the computer to copy software by having a password.' If you wrote this, the examiner would think that you haven't answered the question because you have not read the question properly.

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