Solved

ShareWare semi-legal question for corps.

Posted on 2006-12-01
4
196 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I had to give about 200 users admin rights to their laptops and have a semi-legal question about shareware installs and expect you guys have had this issue with users before.

I have a good inventory system and can spot a questionable load of PhotoShop to get it removed or licensed, but what about shareware stuff like WinZip and 'free, except for corporate use' stuff like IrfanView?

For every piece of expensive-to-registrar shareware, their is a free and often better alternative, but getting the users to switch is another thing altogether.   Has their ever been legal trouble for a company who used shareware after it's trial period?

0
Comment
Question by:Marketing_Insists
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 51

Assisted Solution

by:Netman66
Netman66 earned 50 total points
ID: 18057469
Well, you answered your own question really.

Free "for personal use" does not include Corporations.  For that, there is licenses to buy.

Winzip is also not free, it expires and must be purchased - as a Corporate license.

You have to keep in mind that the reason most of the shareware is free for personal use is:

1)  To hook the uber-geek into getting it for the company.
2)  To spread adware and/or malware.
3)  The Corporate license fees more than covers the occasional "giveaway".

You need to put your foot down.  Perhaps, make one of the offending users call the shareware vendor and inquire about Corporate licesing costs.  This may educate them.

0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:MidnightOne
ID: 18060252
Marketing_Insists:

My understanding is unregistered shareware is subject to the same fines as unregistered commercial software - four times the liceensing cost plus you have to buy the licenses anyway.

Ask the head of IT (or the CFO) if they have this budgeted. You'll get an order to kill all Winzip installs within the hour.

HAND

MidnightOne
0
 
LVL 26

Accepted Solution

by:
MidnightOne earned 200 total points
ID: 18067877
Marketing_Insists:

To expand on my previous answer, I once asked the head of MIS if we had an additional US$180,000 in the budget for licenses. When I was told no, I asked him if he had an additional US$118,000,000 for potential fines if the firm gets caught.

THAT got his attention.

MidnightOne
0
 

Author Comment

by:Marketing_Insists
ID: 18070124
Leverage indeed.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

by Batuhan Cetin Within the dynamic life of an IT administrator, we hold many information in our minds like user names, passwords, IDs, phone numbers, incomes, service tags, bills and the order from our wives to buy milk when coming back to home.…
On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will become End of Support, leaving hundreds of thousands of servers around the world that still run this 12 year old operating system vulnerable and potentially out of compliance in many organisations around t…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview how to record your screen with Microsoft Expression Encoder. This program is still free and open for the public to download. This will be demonstrated using Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…

813 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now