Software Policy

Software Policy

March 28, 2000

by Eric Svetcov

General Statement of Policy

It is the policy of the Company to respect all computer software copyrights and to adhere to the terms of all software licenses to which the Company is a party. The Director of Information Technology is responsible for appointing the Company Software Manager, who is charged with the responsibility of enforcing these guidelines.

Company users may not duplicate any licensed software or related documentation for use either on Company premises or elsewhere unless the Company is expressly authorized to do so by agreement with the licenser. Unauthorized duplication of software may subject users and/or the Company to both civil and criminal penalties under the United States Copyright Act.

Users may not give software to any outsiders including clients, contractors, customers, and others. Company users may use software on local area networks or on multiple machines only in accordance with applicable license agreements.

Specific Software Policies:

  1. User Education. Each user must complete the software education program. Upon completion of the education program, users are required to sign this anti-piracy statement. New users will be provided the same education program within 10 days of the commencement of their employment.
  2. Budgeting for Software. When acquiring computer hardware, software and training must be budgeted at the same time. When purchasing software for existing computers, such purchases will be charged to the department's budget for information technology or an appropriate budget set aside for tracking software purchases.

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