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Many Proxy Servers in the Internet offer caching capabilites. When two users request
the same document, the server fetches the document once and stores it. Then it copies
for each user. Isn't that a violation of copyright laws?
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Question by:holz
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by:webgeek051598
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Short Answer: No.

Longer Answer: A cache in a proxy server is simply an organization-wide version of your browser's cache. It stores the document in it's original form for later use in the same form.

Think of it as reading a library book twice: you don't own it, but you can certainly read it more than once during the lending period.
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by:holz
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But isn't copying copyrighted web content still illegal? Just from the legal point of view. No matter how I think of it.
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by:percyn
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Not very familiar with every detail of the copyright law, but if you don't violate them when your browser caches pages, then you shouldn't have a problem with a proxy server either.
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by:holz
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I think it's a bit like music business. Nobody cares if you record music from the radio. But you shouldn't start making copies for everybody else. But this exactly what a proxy server does...
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by:webgeek051598
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No, a proxy server does not make copies "for everybody else", it stores a single copy for the organization that runs that server. It's like having one copy of a magazine that gets passed around the office.

As others have indicated, it really isn't illegal.
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by:holz
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Sorry, did you write anything? All I see is a link to the rejected answer...
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by:holz
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Strange. Now that I have reloaded the page I see your answer. Sorry about rejecting it, webgeek. Just write something again, and will mark the question as answered. Thank you.
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