Suppose you purchase a CD containing some computer software (e.g. a video game) and a perpetual license to use that software. Included on the disc are songs encoded as, for example, mp3 files. These are not encrypted and can be read/copied by a standard operating system. The mp3 files form part of the software in the sense that the software contains code to play the music as part of its usage experience (e.g. as background music for a title screen or menu).
My question is whether you have an implied license to use the music out of context, such as:
- playing the music file with a third party media player application (i.e. not in the manner originally intended by the software designer)
- transferring the mp3 files to another device (e.g. a portable music player) for the purpose of listening to them independently of the software on the CD.
- trans-coding the music from one (unencrypted) file format to another (for example, compressing the music from .wav to .mp3).
I am in the UK, but am also interested in hearing about international approaches to this issue.