Laws and regulations throughout the world condemn software piracy. For example, in the United States software piracy is punishable by statutory damages of up to $100,000 for each work infringed and may result in a felony conviction. Penalties for felony convictions include fines of up to $250,000 (US) and imprisonment for up to 5 years. To find out more on how to protect you and your company from software piracy, please read on.
An original computer program is regarded by the law as the intellectual property of the person or company that created the program. Unauthorized copying of such programs is prohibited by copyright law. Our intellectual property, the Bentley product line, is protected by copyright and, in an effort to protect our accomplishments, it is our policy to maintain and enforce our rights under copyright law.
An original computer program is regarded by the law as the intellectual property of the person or company that created the program. Unauthorized copying of such works is prohibited by copyright law. Our intellectual property, the MicroStation product line, is protected by copyright and, in an effort to protect our accomplishments, it is our policy to maintain and enforce our rights under copyright law.
What Is A Copyright?
A copyright is a form of statutory protection, which allows its owner the exclusive right to control, among other things, the copying, distribution and preparation of derivative works of authored materials. International treaties and laws in most countries provide for protection of software under copyright provisions. All Bentley software products and user documentation is protected by copyright. The rights granted to the user of a Bentley product are conveyed to the user by the software license agreement.
What Is A Software License Agreement?
A software license agreement is a legal agreement between a software user (the licensee) and the software developer that sets the terms and conditions under which the software and its accompanying materials may be used.
What Are The Facts About Software Piracy?
Software piracy is the failure of a licensed user to adhere to the conditions of a software licenser, or the unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted software by a person or entity that has not been licensed to use the software.
The five most common forms of software piracy are:
According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the annual estimated loss due to piracy is $12.8 billion (US) worldwide, with a loss of $2.2 billion in the United States alone. Ultimately, software piracy increases the cost of software and results in the loss of tax revenues, jobs, and growth in the software industry.
Laws and regulations throughout the world condemn software piracy. For example, in the United States, software piracy is punishable by statutory damages of up to $100,000 (US) for each work infringed, and may result in a felony conviction. Penalties for felony convictions include fines of up to $250,000 (US) and imprisonment for up to five years!
How Can You Avoid Piracy In Your Organization?
There are many things you can do to prevent or stop software piracy:
Affirm Company Policy
Implement and adhere to an anti-piracy compliance program within your organization. The Guide To Software Management, a free publication from the BSA, outlines a step-by-step compliance program that can be implemented by any organization. The guide is available in eight languages and can be ordered free of charge through any of the BSA anti-piracy hotlines or downloaded from the BSA website. The BSA also makes available to organizations their software management tools, SoftScan and MacScan which are designed to help you identify the licensed and unlicensed software programs installed on your computer systems. You may download your free copy of SoftScan or MacScan by visiting the BSA's website.
Many avenues are available for your confidential reporting of suspected instances of software piracy. The BSA and Bentley strictly adhere to a policy of respecting a caller's desire for confidentiality.
How Can You Confidentially Report Piracy of Bentley Software?
Contact The BSA Hotlines
The BSA maintains anti-piracy hotlines and online resources that you can use to confidentially report instances of suspected software piracy or to request any of their free resource materials. In the United States, you can call toll free at (888)NOPIRACY. A list of hotline numbers worldwide is included in this brochure. The BSA can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.bsa.org/.
If your software piracy questions or concerns involve a Bentley product, you can
contact your nearest Bentley office, including the corporate headquarters toll free at
(800) BENTLEY or (610) 458-5000. You can reach Bentley's anti-piracy department through
E-mail at email@example.com.
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