Software development involves a team effort that includes the creative ideas and talents of programmers, writers and graphic artists. Similar to most creative works, such as books, movies and films, computer software is copyrighted material protected by the laws of each country in which it is licensed and by international treaties.
Software piracy is stealing. If you or your company are caught using software without a license, you could be held liable under both civil and criminal law. The law enables the copyright owner to stop you and your company from using its software immediately and to obtain monetary damages. The copyright owner may then choose between actual damages, which includes the amount it has lost because of your infringement (as well as any of your profits attributable to the infringement), and statutory damages, which in the U.S., for example, can be as much as $150,000 for each program copied. In addition, the government where the infringement is occurring can criminally prosecute you for copyright infringement. If convicted in the U.S., you can be fined up to $250,000, or sentenced to jail for up to five years, or both.
Siemens PLM Software is an active member of the Business Software Alliance ("BSA"), a global organization that educates consumers on Software Asset Management and copyright protection, e-commerce and other internet-related issues. Recently, BSA developed the online course BSA SAM Advantage and certification based on ISO standards. You’ll find a complete overview from all topics discussed by BSA under Related Links.
Siemens PLM Software works hard to prevent her software products from being pirated. Our Guide to Software Piracy Prevention tells you more. To report suspected piracy of Siemens PLM Software, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In case products from other BSA member companies are involved, we recommend you leave your information at https://reporting-emea.bsa.org/r/report/add.aspx?src=uk&ln=en-gb&intcmp=irpnav000042.