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What constitutes unauthorized use of software?

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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.
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