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Design Data Increases Anti-Piracy EffortsApril 4, 2011
The practice of accepting, promoting or engaging those with unlicensed and unauthorized detailing software can have legal implications for anyone who has worked on a project where such software was used – even companies who have had nothing directly to do with the illegal software and are unaware of its use. Our customers, along with Design Data's products, reputation and business, are injured when anyone – even an innocent third party – uses stolen software.
Design Data has been working diligently to combat copyright infringement and software theft. We investigate all instances of illegal software use to protect our copyrights and those who might unknowingly come into contact with pirated software users. This includes everyone from a single, unlicensed detailer using a cracked version of SDS/2 and the detailing firm brokering jobs out directly to unlicensed detailers, to the fabricator acting as a subcontractor going through a third party or anyone that maintains a blind eye when detailing labor costs are suspiciously low.
American copyright law states that each person in this chain is liable for using unlicensed software. While Design Data could legally pursue all parties involved on a project done with illegal software for damages, our primary goal is to stop the willful, illegal usage of our software.
Design Data routinely conducts random audits of projects as a part of our software piracy prevention efforts. Through this effort, our main concerns are these two questions:
- Have you, or has your company, ever been connected in any way to the project(s) in question?
- What firm(s) or persons(s) are providing you with the structural steel drawings on the project(s), and if you know, who specifically is doing that work?
Design Data recognizes that subcontracting is one of the most common workflow practices in the construction industry by owners, engineering firms, general contractors, detailers and fabricators. We strongly recommend that all contractual agreements involving builders and subcontractors include and require the use of licensed products by everyone. When in doubt, we urge you to ask for a subcontractor's SDS/2 legal ID number and verify it with the SDS/2 Legal Web site, or contact us directly to verify the authorized and licensed use of our products.
If you have further questions about our software piracy prevention efforts or would like to report suspicious activity, please contact Tom Duden, Design Data's software piracy investigator.