The Justice Department is cracking down on software pirates. No longer is the penalty a slap on the wrist. Software pirates are now doing real time in prison and paying millions of dollars in fines. As there is no telling when the Justice Department may expand its focus from distributors to users of illegally pirated software, now is the time for due diligence.
Check with your head of Information Technology to ensure your company policies are in order and that they includes provisions related to unauthorized use of computer software. Also check to be sure there is no pirated software running on any of your company’s computers. Once you get caught, it is too late. While ignorance may mitigate some damages and criminal penalties, the civil damages can still be enough to bankrupt a company. Do not be that company.