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Pirated version of Windows on company computers.
Simple question- who's gonna "get it", company owner or the IT?

Please don't spam/flame/troll or post anything that is not an answer or does not contain something to prove their statement.
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I do not understand your question.
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I would say both b/c the ower hired the IT and the IT guy will get it from the owner.
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That's a good question. I was a user of a website some years back, and soon became staff (Moderator, and then Administrator). We were more community staff, as the real Administrator/Webmaster wasn't around often. He just set the forums up and did the technical work for them, and the company had another IT guy who dealt with the servers dealing with the business.

We upgraded to vBulletin forums after having phpBB, and a big vBulletin fan was a member and somehow caught it was pirated, fault of the Administrator/Webmaster. I'm not sure if it was why, or if there was also other issues (I think there were), but he left/was fired, and they sort of let me take control of the website. They offered payment, but I did it willingly, until years later hosting issues/lack of communication led to fallout and the site was deleted (hosting sites fault).

Anyway, that was a similar thing, only it was the forum software, not the operating system, that was illegal. I want to say the one directly responsible would be at literal fault, but in court, with bigger parties, who knows.
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I do not understand your question.
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I would say both b/c the ower hired the IT and the IT guy will get it from the owner.
Re-read, was asking not to troll here.

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Anyway, that was a similar thing, only it was the forum software, not the operating system, that was illegal. I want to say the one directly responsible would be at literal fault, but in court, with bigger parties, who knows.
Well, that is why i'm searching for The Answer that is not 42.
I just can't find MS official statement on this issue. Let's say IT guy was forced/asked to install those copies. I'm kinda sure that MS won't care and just sue company. However i still want to see something that will prove, is there or not any chance that IT can be prosecuted, by MS or their representative.
Not discussing if CEO will sue IT for that, that's obvious.
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Im saying the owner.
    
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I didn't troll. I simply answered your question with what i thought. Sorry if it sounded like that. Also your question is very vague. Can you give more info?
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Im saying the owner.
I'm saying that too, still looking for some prove besides assumptions.

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I didn't troll. I simply answered your question with what i thought. Sorry if it sounded like that. Also your question is very vague. Can you give more info?
There no info needed, dude. It's just simple situation in court.

Microsoft lawyer goes to court to sue company using their product illegally. Is it possible in given situation to divert lawsuit on IT guy or prosecute both, company and IT guy.
Edited by DiNet - 6/11/11 at 11:27am
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I'm going to say both will get it.

The business will definitely get it because they are responsible for licensing: they do need to pay a licensing fee and as such should have documentation about software they're using. The IT company will be at fault for knowingly utilizing pirated software. The business is liable through contract assuming the IT work was subbed out.
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There no info needed, dude. It's just simple situation in court.

Microsoft lawyer goes to court to sue company using their product illegally. Is it possible in given situation to divert lawsuit on IT guy or prosecute both, company and IT guy.
Ok then...i answered it then before. I said both. How did I "troll?"
Also that "in court" part a big part of the question you left out.
Sorry for the bother i guess...bye
Edited by Sean Webster - 6/11/11 at 11:34am
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