Complying with Copyright and Software Licensing Legislation

Software copyright and licensing in the UK is governed by The UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988.This topic looks at copyright and software licensing issues from a legal perspective.

Copying and distributing software is illegal, unless permission is expressly granted by the owner of the software.

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  • Unless your organisation has a licence from the owner of the software to copy and distribute computer software, copying is illegal.

There are multiple Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

  • Software may be copied and distributed across your computer network in contravention of the licensing agreement. This illegal activity threatens your organisation's integrity and may result in legal action.

There are multiple Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

  • Use of unlicensed software by contractors or consultants on your premises could result in legal action being taken against your organisation.

There are 2 Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

  • If required, you must be able to produce the licenses for inspection, or potentially risk a fine and possible public embarrassment.

    N.B. To enforce the position, some organisations have voluntarily 'opened their doors' to inspectors from the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) to confirm both their software legality and their procedures for preventing infringement of the law.

There are multiple Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

  • Where a legitimate licence has been purchased, lack of internal controls can result in the maximum number of permitted users being exceeded. A single excess copy places your organisation at risk from prosecution under copyright laws.

There are multiple Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

  • Resale of old or redundant computer equipment can result in an infringement of the copyright law, as software licence agreements may not be transferable.

There are multiple Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

  • If 'shareware' software, downloaded from public networks (e.g. the Internet), is used beyond its evaluation period (as stated within the EULA) infringement of the terms of the licence is likely.

There are 2 Key Actions providing safeguards against this Information Security Issue. These are available in the registered version of RUSecure™.

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