Software piracy is a significant problem costing the industry billions of dollars annually. Many businesses and organizations are unaware they may be using illegal software. Illegally distributing and using software is a significant problem that hurts us and all software publishers. Trellix is committed to educating our authorized users and, when necessary, bringing those violating our software licenses into compliance.
Software piracy is the illegal distribution and/or reproduction of software. Purchasing software is purchasing a license to use the software. That license spells out how you may legally use such software. Any time someone uses the software beyond the scope of the license, that person or company is violating the license agreement and copyright law. Whether software piracy is deliberate or not, it is still illegal and punishable by law. Software piracy comes in many forms; the types that impact our business include:
To effectively manage your software assets, you must know what type of our products you have installed on your network. Regular audits can help you determine this. And though you may have policies in place that prohibit employees from making unauthorized copies, those policies do not stop employees from illegally copying software.
Many software audit tools are available to help you determine what type of software is installed on your network. Running these tools and comparing the results to your license documentation is a good first step in determining whether you are in compliance. If you find you are not in compliance, we will work with you to acquire the appropriate licenses necessary to get back in compliance.
Go to Trellix’s website for more information on how to purchase our products and services through an authorized channel partner.
Software piracy can subject an individual to arrest and criminal prosecution, with fines of up to $250,000 USD and prison term of up to five years. An infringer can also be subject to civil liability, including the payment of lost profits plus the infringer’s profits, or statutory damages of up to $150,000 USD per product, and attorneys’ fees.
Please notify our License Compliance Services Group if you are aware of any situation where our software is being used or distributed illegally. Reporting this type of action helps us reduce the overall piracy problem and enables us to better support and modify our existing products.
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