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NETWORds Contributed by Ruth Sawye r OCLC Pacific (Seattle) The following article appeared in the Mar. 22, tion that expands computer capabilities 1985 edition of Seafirst News, the staff publi­ and gives new users unauthorized copies cation of Seafirst Corp., the largest financial of software rather than purchasing them. institution in the Pacific Northwest. The As a result of software piracy, OCLC Pacific office is in the bank building in many companies have found themselves Seattle and the Seafirst (Seattle First National served with lawsuits from software man­ Bank) library is an OCLC member. ufacturers. One company was sued for making unauthorized copies of Lotus "Tho u Shalt Not Dupe " 1-2-3, the best-selling financial software Th y Neighbor's Software package, and quickly settled out-of-court t o avoid embarrassing public exposure. People wh o would never walk into a Mar said that, beyond Seafirst's store and shoplift a software product liability, managers also run the risk of think nothing of making several copies personal liability from copyright in­ of the same software at their wor k site. fringement. The greater the manager's Th e results are th e same. And because of involvement or knowledge, the greater United States Copyright Law, the act is th e likelihood of personal liability for just as wrong. those the manager supervises. Unauthorized duplication and use of software violates the copyright law and deprives software developers of revenue Doubl e Trouble they are entitled to receive for their work . Software developers find that While we'r e on the subject, a recent thousands of illegal copies have been study don e for ADAPSO (Assoc. of Data made by customers who either inno­ Processing Service Organizations) has cently believe they are doing nothing show n that one out of every two disks wrong , or simply choose to ignore of the to p ten sellers is an illegal copy. th e law. But, like shoplifting, "softlifting" is At Seafirst, the Corporate Data illegal. Security Department oversees compli­ In fact, softlifting is a federal of­ ance with copyright laws as part of its fense with penalties up to S50,000 and a duties. Manager Steve Mar said there's jail term. From the developers' point of n o evidence that "softlifting" is a ser­ view, though, it means that they're paid ious problem at the bank. But there have for only half of their programs that are bee n cases, and he wants everyone with in use. access to software to be aware of From a user's point of view, this th e law. means, roughly, that you're paying "Most softlifters see themselves as twice as much for a package as you helping someon e in the bank or a friend, should. While the economics aren't and they don' t realize a crime is being quite this straightforward, if publishers committe d that hurts not only the soft­ wer e receiving twice the revenue, they war e developer, but Seafirst as well," could afford to sell the software at half said Mar. Th e company can be exposed th e price. Besides the obvious legal t o significant fines or even jail terms. ramifications, think about this the next Examples of software piracy and time you'r e tempted to make a copy. softlifting include staff members copying software because they want a copy for personal use at home and an organiza- OCLC Micro Vol. 1, No. 2 May 1985 7 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png OCLC Micro Emerald Publishing

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Contributed by Ruth Sawye r OCLC Pacific (Seattle) The following article appeared in the Mar. 22, tion that expands computer capabilities 1985 edition of Seafirst News, the staff publi­ and gives new users unauthorized copies cation of Seafirst Corp., the largest financial of software rather than purchasing them. institution in the Pacific Northwest. The As a result of software piracy, OCLC Pacific office is in the bank building in many companies have found themselves Seattle and the Seafirst (Seattle First National served with lawsuits from software man­ Bank) library is an OCLC member. ufacturers. One company was sued for making unauthorized copies of Lotus "Tho u Shalt Not Dupe " 1-2-3, the best-selling financial software Th y Neighbor's Software package, and quickly settled out-of-court t o avoid embarrassing public exposure. People wh o would never walk into a Mar said that, beyond Seafirst's store and shoplift a software product liability, managers also run the risk of think nothing of making several copies personal liability from copyright in­ of the same software at their wor k site. fringement. The greater the manager's Th e results are th e same. And because of involvement or knowledge, the greater United States Copyright Law, the act is th e likelihood of personal liability for just as wrong. those the manager supervises. Unauthorized duplication and use of software violates the copyright law and deprives software developers of revenue Doubl e Trouble they are entitled to receive for their work . Software developers find that While we'r e on the subject, a recent thousands of illegal copies have been study don e for ADAPSO (Assoc. of Data made by customers who either inno­ Processing Service Organizations) has cently believe they are doing nothing show n that one out of every two disks wrong , or simply choose to ignore of the to p ten sellers is an illegal copy. th e law. But, like shoplifting, "softlifting" is At Seafirst, the Corporate Data illegal. Security Department oversees compli­ In fact, softlifting is a federal of­ ance with copyright laws as part of its fense with penalties up to S50,000 and a duties. Manager Steve Mar said there's jail term. From the developers' point of n o evidence that "softlifting" is a ser­ view, though, it means that they're paid ious problem at the bank. But there have for only half of their programs that are bee n cases, and he wants everyone with in use. access to software to be aware of From a user's point of view, this th e law. means, roughly, that you're paying "Most softlifters see themselves as twice as much for a package as you helping someon e in the bank or a friend, should. While the economics aren't and they don' t realize a crime is being quite this straightforward, if publishers committe d that hurts not only the soft­ wer e receiving twice the revenue, they war e developer, but Seafirst as well," could afford to sell the software at half said Mar. Th e company can be exposed th e price. Besides the obvious legal t o significant fines or even jail terms. ramifications, think about this the next Examples of software piracy and time you'r e tempted to make a copy. softlifting include staff members copying software because they want a copy for personal use at home and an organiza- OCLC Micro Vol. 1, No. 2 May 1985 7

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OCLC MicroEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1985

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