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Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

Software Piracy

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Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

Software piracy is illegal and grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of employees who have illegally copied software. Penalties for illegally copying software are severe. According to the Business Software Alliance website:

A company or an individual found using unlicensed software and violating copyright laws can pay damages of up to $150,000 for each software title copied. In addition, the government can criminally prosecute you for copyright infringement. If convicted, you can be fined up to $250,000, or sentenced to five years in jail, or both.

It does not make any difference who loads the software. For example, if an employee loads personal software on an OTC computer and then the software is copied by others at the College, the College is liable even though it was unaware of the activity. Any software on OTC-owned computers including laptops, tablets, and smartphones used at home, in a classroom or in an office for which Okefenokee Technical College does not have a license must be removed immediately.