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Software Piracy: What you should know
Software Piracy is a Crime - BSA

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.

 


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Bentley Systems, Incorporated is a worldwide leader in engineering software products, user services and overall quality. Bentley's products are proven at over 70 percent of the largest U.S. engineering firms and are the software foundation behind the engineering of well-known buildings, roadways, machines and industrial plants around the world. In order to maximize our licensed users' effectiveness, significant amounts of time and resources are spent in the development and continuous improvement of the Bentley product line.

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:

  1. "Softlifting"-the creation of unauthorized copies by a licensed user for the use of fellow employees, colleagues or friends, contrary to the terms of the license agreement.
  2. "Hard Disk Loading"-the unauthorized creation and loading of copies of software programs onto the hard disks of computers by hardware dealers.
  3. "Bulletin Board Piracy" or "Internet Piracy"-the illegal transmission and posting of copyrighted software programs to computer bulletin boards, from on-line services or via electronic mail.
  4. "Counterfeiting"-the illegal duplication and sale of copyrighted software that is designed to appear legitimate.
  5. "Software Rental" or "Mail Order Clubs"-the rental of software alone or installed on a computer which is, in turn, rented for a specific time period. According to the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the annual estimated loss due to piracy is $13.1 billion (US) worldwide, with a loss of $2.9 billion in the United States alone. Ultimately, software piracy 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!

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.

Report Piracy

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/.

Contact Bentley

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 anti.piracy@bentley.com.

Please Note: This brochure is for educational purposes only and does not alter the terms of any Bentley license agreement.

Article Thanks to Bentley Co.

BSA Anti-Piracy Hotlines:

	Argentina
	0.800.9.7638

	Australia
	1.800.021.143

	Belgium
	32.2.361.54.44
	0800.13.9.33 toll free

	Brazil
	0800.11.00.39 inside
	5511.800.110039 outside

	Canada
	800.263.9700

	Chile
	56.2.800.260020

	Colombia
	257.5763
	9.800.12575

	Costa Rica
	506.258.0811

	Czech Republic
	42.2.232.34.89

	Denmark
	80.34.00.00

	Dominican Republic
	809.535.5540

	Ecuador
	09.724.300

	Finland
	90.644.141 inside
	358.9.644.141 outside

	France
	33.1.43.33.9595

	Germany
	49.130.171801 toll free

	Greece
	30.1.363.0717

	Hong Kong
	852.2865.3318

	Hungary
	36.1.322.4891

	India
	091.11.611.4971

	Indonesia
	021.522.2158

	Israel
	972.3.5403202

	Italy
	39.2.2056.2345
	167.241.751 toll free

	Japan
	81.120.79.1451

	Korea
	080.022.3975 toll free

	Luxembourg
	0800.3993

	Malaysia
	60.3.293.2824
	800.3875 toll free

	Mexico
	52.5.662.7257

	Netherlands
	32.30.691.5267
	06.899.8566 toll free

	New Zealand
	0.800.101.800 toll free

	Norway
	800.800.055 toll free

	Panama
	507.265.3894

	Peru
	511.241.0057

	Philippines
	63.2.811.5897

	Poland
	48.22.661.5512

	Portugal
	351.1.794.0506 outside
	0800.200.520 inside, 
	toll free

	Puerto Rico
	754.0989 San Juan
	1.800.754.0989

	Saudia Arabia
	800.124.8999

	Singapore
	65.226.0196

	Slovenia
	386.61.1881.374

	South Africa
	0800.110.447

	Spain
	34.00.211.048
	900.211.048 toll free

	Sweden
	46.8.677.5475

	Switzerland
	0800.812.121

	Taiwan
	886.2.757.6638

	Thailand
	662.618.5155

	Turkey
	90.212.272.22.39

	United Arab Emirates
	800.4828

	United Kingdom
	44.0800.510510

	Euro-Net
	44.71.491.1974
	44.71.499.4733 fax

	United States
	1.888.NO.Piracy toll free

	Uruguay
	0800.2130

	Venezuela
	58.800.33272