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Don’t be stupid like me

My boss (company owner) has been using pirated software at the company for years but they were old copies that were never traced. I offered him to get some more software that would benefit the company and he agreed. Then the fine came through the post a few months later.

They traced all the software that was installed and the specific name of the PC on the network. I used a VPN to download them, thinking that’ll be alright. Usually I only block the software in the firewall if it needs it to function. But now I realise that they actively check if it’s on the system. Hoping someone finds this useful, if you don’t want to get caught (especially if you are doing it for a company) block all connections in the firewall! I’m unsure whether there is anything else they can use to trace, like for example, the company owns legit software by the same company that was signed into a legit account. It was installed on the same PC so unsure whether that could interfere too.

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  1. I think I would have made the better judgment call on that one. Though I can understand the temptation. I pirate everything for personal use and I’ve pirated some expensive software, like CAD stuff. In a business environment, well it’s not my money so not my call and the penalty I can suffer myself is not worth anything I may gain from it.

    The thing is with software unless you can look at the code yourself, and even if you can that may not help much, you just don’t know what it’s doing. Think of how much trust you put in every piece of software you put on your system. It’s all a black box and could be doing anything. So when you install a pirate copy of software, it could be broadcasting home that it’s running non-legitimately. Even if you inspect every TCP packet exiting the host, you may still miss it.

    So far I’ve not been called out from pirate software phoning home. I have been a bit liberal about that and don’t always firewall programs to keep that from happening. But as the screws tighten with corporations protecting their IP and government giving them the legal backing to do so, I’m going to be more vigilant about it in the future.

  2. Your boss is an idiot. Using pirate software in a commercial environment is reckless, because it exposes the business to existential level legal risk, and exposes the owners and employees to potential criminal sanctions.

    It’s also pretty morally repugnant to use software to make money without paying for said software.

    Honestly, you both deserve what’s coming to you.

  3. Or, you know, just don’t pirate for your business. The fuck…. Personal use, I kind of understand. But businesswise? I don’t know. That just sounds scummy.

  4. Hmmmm as someone who has been in the piracy scene for +20 years I do kind of have reservations around pirating commercial grade tools for other capitalists to exploit.

    If you’re on the smaller side business, okay yeah there’s a conversation that can be had there, but I wouldn’t help any medium sized company obtain cracked software.

    I see piracy as a response to the class war bougie companies have always waged on us lower class folks.

    Care to elaborate more on the company’s situation? Are they very profitable and big business, or sort of a mom and pops shop?

  5. I got an email from MS about my copy of Office recently (“Are you aware you’re not using a genuine copy of Office?” – with a link to 50% off Office 356)

    Not really sure how they did that lol. Of course I’ve never really been concerned with blocking updates and such.

  6. This is why you don’t pirate for business use. It’s not like home usage, where some faceless law firm sends you a cease and desist through your isp that you can largely ignore.

    Organizations like the BSA will quite happily fine the snot out of you, or more accurately your employers. Business and corporate use is where the money is, and software companies will actively go after businesses using their software illegally if they even somewhat suspect it’s happening.

    There are actual bounties where you can report workplaces using pirated software, and if the audit is a success, the payout can be pretty big. A grumpy sysadmin who just put in his 2 week notice can cost a company hundreds of thousands because he knew they pirated photoshop or some shit.

    A small business is possibly less prone to really big fines, but they will still likely get a swift kick in the wallet.

  7. Maybe find Foss(free and open source software) stuff. Depeneding on what software you use you could get some great alternatives

  8. Pirating software in a commercial environment isn’t the best idea, since most every country has WIPO treaties that will probably at least facilitate the filing of lawsuits against businesses (who actually have assets worth pursuing).

    In general, firewalling the software from the WWW would be sufficient, but you have to be 100,% certain your firewall never goes down for any reason that would allow the traffic to route out. This may or may not be guaranteed in smaller business environments, which it sounds like you’re in.