The claim is mostly inaccurate because it presupposes that the friend would otherwise have bought a copy from the publisher. Copyright involves giving up specific freedoms and retaining others. You can go after the person who violated the license by letting a third-party use the software.
It has to have an "inventive step" that is not obvious to people in the field. Useful Intellectual Property for Software e-Forms. Wyse Technology. Only by reminding the public and the legislature of the purpose of copyright and the opportunity for the open flow of information can we ensure that the public prevails.
It is therefore important for development companies to register versions of software that include important features and aspects not found in other registered versions. CLS Bank "Alice" case, which covered software patents and abstract ideas. Source code for registered and unregistered software should be carefully maintained as evidence of ownership and, if needed, to support a claim of copyright infringement of the unregistered software based on a prior or later registration.
In a traditional software development environment, IP is easier to figure out. The same consequence can result if your friend decides to play bridge instead of reading a book. In either scenario, when determining whether to allow such a lawsuit courts often compare the registered work with the unregistered work and permit the infringement action only for those features and aspects of the software that exist in both the registered and unregistered versions.
Accoladethe 9th Circuit held that making copies in the course of reverse engineering is a fair use, when it is the only way to get access to the "ideas and functional elements" in the copyrighted code, and when "there is a legitimate reason for seeking such access".
These advances make it possible for ordinary people, not just publishers with specialized equipment, to copy.