Tradition articles are downloadable from the Tradition Online website, which prohibits further distribution of the materials. On each download page there is the following warning:
It is strictly forbidden for both subscribers and article purchasers to share article downloads with others.
On what basis does the magazine (or the RCA, which publishes the magazine) retain such a right to prohibit any type of sharing? Surely even Copyright Law allows the purchaser of a published work to share it with others.
To clarify, my question is whether that statement is:
- reflective of law and therefore Halachah;
- effective of Halachah (like a sale 'Al Tenai, or a Neder, perhaps?); or