SOFTWARE PIRACY & WORKPLACE ETHICS

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SOFTWARE PIRACY &
WORKPLACE ETHICS

What Is Software Piracy?


Unauthorized copying/installation/use



Unauthorized distribution or sale

Impact of Global Software Piracy


36% piracy rate


$29 billion in lost revenue


Hundreds of thousands of job losses


Billions in lost tax revenues

“2004 Global Software Piracy Study,” conducted by International Data Corporation, July 2004

Types of Software Piracy


End
-
user copying



Electronic distribution




Physical distribution


Technical, Legal and Ethical

Consequences of Pirated Software Use


No upgrades


No assurance of quality or reliability


No technical support, manuals or documentation


Exposure of your network to security breaches


Consumption of bandwidth


Sends message: It’s okay to steal


Serious legal exposure
--

$150,000 per program
copied

Avoiding the Risk: Proactive

Software Asset Management


Policy


Education


Purchasing Control


Budget


Self
-
audits

Our Office Policy


States our company’s intolerance of software piracy


Identifies individuals in charge of software installations


Identifies procedures for acquiring needed software


Specifies rules on Internet usage and prohibits software
downloading/uploading


Makes consequences for violations clear


Employee Education


We provide information on software piracy and the
problems associated with it


We ensure regular distribution of office management
policy


We provide an opportunity for questions

Software Purchasing Controls


We centralize purchases in one department


We require purchase requests to be in writing, with
appropriate approval


We confirm requested software is on approved list


We specify reputable dealers


We ensure complete documentation


We prohibit purchases on individual expense
accounts


Budget


Anticipate software needs in coming year


Budget appropriately for needed growth

Self Audit Process


Start with assessment of needs


Audit software installed on computers


Collect licensing and purchase documents


Delete unneeded software


Purchase licenses for needed but unlicensed
software


REPEAT REGULARLY

Business Software Alliance (BSA)


Educates computer users on respect for intellectual
property and copyright compliance


Advocates strong intellectual property protection,
cyber security, e
-
commerce and

trade opportunities


Enforces the rights of copyright holders

BSA Information and Tools


www.bsa.org


BSA “Guide to Software Management”


Free software audit tools


Fact sheets


Asset management resources


Free, toll
-
free hotline, 1 888 NO PIRACY