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post #11 of 20
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Re-read, was asking not to troll here.



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.
Well if they wanted to they could sue because the it guy is the one who actually did it.
If somebody payed you to steal something for there job then they still get the hammer because they did the action..
post #12 of 20
If you're asking who would be liable in court, you're on the wrong forum. This is overclock.net, not lawyer.com (or piratebay.forum).

Not flaming, not trolling. Just common sense.

btw here are some possible answers. Used this thing called Google.

http://www.borland.com/us/piracy/faq.aspx

http://www.proforce.net/piracy.htm

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/...ftware/1061856

http://forum.freeadvice.com/computer...re-214533.html

http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/anti...iracy_faq.html
Edited by seward - 6/11/11 at 11:41am
post #13 of 20
So the IT guy works for the business, not contracted, correct?
If so, then the owner/Boss/CEO/Business is the responsible party since the IT guy is an employee of said company. If the IT guy knowingly does it even when ordered, it is still the business that is doing it as far as MS is concerned (but that gets into ethical issues). If the business does not know the IT guy installed illegal software, MS may still go after the business, but the the business can go after the IT guy, including firing and even suing them.

If it is a contractor IT guy and the company paid them in good faith, then it is the IT guy that MS should go after.

All this being said, it could turn out completely different since nobody here knows all the facts.
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Was searching wrong :s
Thanks for help, found my answer there.
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The company is ultimately responsible. The IT guy is internal to the company. He will probably get fired if they get caught, but the company will be the one to get into trouble.
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Hows MS going to find out they have a pirated version?
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Hows MS going to find out they have a pirated version?
One word...audit
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there are a few loopholes in this situation......depending on how commited the company is, if acused of using pirated software, the company will deny knowledge of this........if an IT is solely responsible for maintaining equipment, then the company will be in the clear and IT is at fault......now if an IT claims that the company knew it was pirated and told the IT to install it anyway(to save money), then the IT has to prove it.......if an IT got hired and found pirated software is installed on machines, it is his duty to inform the company.......if an IT did inform and the company pretty much told him "hey! just shut up and do your job, or you'll be fired", then the IT can sue the company.......that is if he can prove it all
    
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The company is ultimately responsible. The IT guy is internal to the company. He will probably get fired if they get caught, but the company will be the one to get into trouble.
No idea why people keep saying this. Copyright infringement is a criminal offense in the US. The IT guy and anyone who conspired with him to violate the software licenses can absolutely go to jail.

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if an IT is solely responsible for maintaining equipment, then the company will be in the clear and IT is at fault......now if an IT claims that the company knew it was pirated and told the IT to install it anyway(to save money), then the IT has to prove it
This covers civil liability only. "They told me to do it" is not a criminal defense.
Edited by thefreeaccount - 6/11/11 at 10:27pm
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I'm pretty sure the person who holds the copies of the pirated operating systems would be held responsible. Regardless of who was conspiring to install it.
    
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