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The Importance of Software License

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The Importance of Software License In the ever-evolving world of Microsoft volume licensing, it has become increasingly more important to understand licensing programs. In the past customers became familiar with purchasing version, competitive, or product upgrades when a decision was made to upgrade to a more current version. These options have been replaced by software assurance. Some misconceptions exist regarding software maintenance. There are those who believe that these programs are both harder to administer and more expensive than past upgrade options. Fortunately, this is not the case. Software maintenance provides many great benefits. Up-to-date computing, ease of administration, and cost, are among these advantages. It is not only necessary, but crucial to enroll software licenses in these maintenance programs. Software maintenance is a simple idea. When you purchase a software license, you also have the ability to buy “software assurance” with it. Software assurance guarantees the customer the most current version of the product for up to two years. If a new version of a product is released during this span, your license is automatically upgraded, keeping your business on the cutting edge of technology. Once the enrollment term has expired, you simply re-purchase “software assurance” within 90 days, and you have another two years of current versions. Those who choose not to purchase maintenance will have to purchase licenses at full cost when they choose to upgrade. Companies can be held liable under both civil and criminal law if caught installing or purchasing unauthorized software copies - even if the company's executives didn't know an employee had done so. A broad range of activities constitute software piracy, and you may not even be aware of the fact that you're breaking the law.
If you buy a single licensed copy and install the software on more than one computer, you've committed piracy. If you have a multiple license but install the program on too many computers, it's an "overuse" violation. Using an academic version of software in a commercial setting violates the law. Borrowing a friend's purchased copy and installing it is considered piracy. Downloading copyrighted programs from a file-sharing site is illegal, just as the RIAA has been preaching about music downloads. Internet shops selling reduced-priced software may be peddling illegal copies. So may the vendor that sold you your fully-loaded workstation but refused to give you a users manual. The bottom line is that unless you have a full license number and an original manual, the software is probably not kosher.Apart from legal consequences, copied or counterfeit software can also spell technical headaches. Illegal software is a prime source of computer viruses, which can destroy valuable data or create serious company down-time. Pirated copies have high failure and defection rates. You may face any number of difficulties that stem from no user manuals and no warranties, no technical product support and no upgrades.The bottom line is that the initial cost savings of pirated software could be rendered moot. Protect yourself and take the time to buy the Software License & upgrade yourself to the latest technology.
Published: October 04, 2007   
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