The following information can help you identify pirated software and keep your MathWorks licenses compliant. Piracy is a growing concern throughout the software industry, and many people don't know when they are violating the software license agreement or that they have installed pirated versions of MathWorks software. Please use these resources to help with your organization's compliance efforts and contact us with any questions you may have along the way.
Software piracy can take the following forms:
The methods of end-user piracy can vary based on the MathWorks license option you have purchased. See the license options overview for a description of each option and the usage rights associated with them.Examples of end-user piracy include:
This type of piracy is the illegal duplication and sale of copyrighted material with the intent to directly imitate the copyrighted product. In the case of packaged software, counterfeit versions often include copies of CDs or diskettes containing the software programs, as well as related packaging, manuals, license agreements, labels, registration cards, and security features.
Developing software is a team effort that involves the creative ideas and talents of development engineers, writers, and designers. Computer software, just like other creative works, is protected by U.S copyright laws, U.S. code Title 17 and 18.
Our goal is to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, development, and learning in engineering and science through the software we create. To this end, we make substantial and continuing research and development efforts, which are funded through the sales of our software products.Software piracy hurts everyone because it:
Piracy is not only a problem for MathWorks. It is an industry and worldwide issue. According to the BSA, Thirty-five percent of the packaged software installed on personal computers (PC) worldwide in 2005 was illegal, amounting to $34 billion in global losses due to software piracy.
Software Piracy is stealing. If you or your company were caught pirating software, you could be held liable under both civil and criminal law. If a copyright owner brings a civil action against you, the penalties in the U.S. may be up to $150,000 for each program copied. The U.S. government can also criminally prosecute you. If you are convicted, you can be fined up to $250,000, sentenced to jail for up to five years, or both.
You can anonymously report piracy of MathWorks software products by filling out the piracy reporting form. The MathWorks License Compliance Team actively works with customer to resolve licensing concerns.
You can learn more about preventing software piracy through a number of industry organizations dedicated to this cause, as well as government sites that describe intellectual property rights, protections, and penalties for abuse.
MathWorks is a member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a global organization formed to advance free and open world transfer for legitimate software by advocating strong intellectual property protection. The BSA represents leading software and e-commerce developers in 65 countries. For more information about the BSA or to report software piracy, visit the BSA Web site at www.bsa.org.
The Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft (CAAST) is an industry alliance of software manufacturers that share the common goal of reducing software piracy. CAAST provides educational information to corporations, consumers, academic institutions, and resellers about software theft and its implications. CAAST works with BSA. For more information about CAAST or to report software piracy, vast the CAAST Web site at www.caast.org or call the hotline (from Canada only) at 800-263-9700.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is a trade organization for the software and digital content industry. SIIA offers global services in business development, government relations, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to companies. It also advocates a legal and regulatory environment that benefits the entire industry. For more information about SIIA or to report software piracy, visit the SIIA Web site at www.siia.net.
The Federation Against Software Theft was set up in 1984 by the British Computer Society's Copyright Committee, and was the first software copyright organization in the U.K. Its first action was to raise the awareness of software piracy and to lobby the U.K. Parliament for changes in the Copyright Act of 1956 to reflect the needs of software authors and publishers. This campaign was successful, and FAST has since been able to influence other legislation that impacts the proper safeguarding of software. The work of FAST in this area has directly influenced the way software copyright law and investigations are carried out in many other countries. To learn more, visit www.fastiis.org.