What constitutes unauthorized use of software?
All legal software is supplied with a license. This applies whether the software is acquired for use on one or a number of networked machines, or preinstalled as part of a system. Violating the terms of the license constitutes unauthorized use of the software. Check the applicable license for the specific terms that apply to you.
Examples of unauthorized use include:
- Copying a software program purchased legitimately and using it on more computers than authorized by the software license.
- Gaining illegal access to protected software, also known as “cracking.”
- Reproducing or distributing counterfeit software.
- Preinstalling software programs on computers without providing the accompanying software license.