Unlicensed software has been a blight that has plagued software houses since the very first operating system was released at the dawn of computing.
Whether it is an individual home user ripping his neighbours copy of MS Office, organised crime, such as was seen in the Balkans in the mid 90s selling counterfeit CDs, or whether it is huge corporations operating vast amounts of unlicensed software throughout their IT systems.
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Last month Microsoft wrote to the National Health Service following its 2010 decision to scrap the’s “Enterprise Agreement” (an agreement where an organisation pays a lump sum for free use of Microsoft’s software). Similarly, the Ministry of Defence recently cancelled its own Enterprise Agreement, which has necessitated vast audits of operating systems and application usage, such as MS Visio, MS Project, etc, plus the immense effort to remove these applications from numerous IT systems across its entire estate.
Visit Google and type in “cost of unlicensed software” or “businesses fined for unlicensed software” and the results are vast, too numerous to list in this article. Companies continue to risk criminal proceedings and the BSA and FAST (Federation Against Software Theft) actively promote whistle blowing on their respective websites.
Not as dangerous to either the home or corporate user, but just as costly, is the software purchased, licensed but just not used.
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