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Illegal Software

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#1 bernie66


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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:31 PM

A laptop I borrowed from employers for home use had a recordable CD ROM in the disc drive, hand labelled 'Office Professional 2003'. The disc also had written on it the software code required when installing it. Presumably left there by my company's IT department!

If I can successfully install Office 2003 from this disc, (I currently use an old version of MS Works), is there any way my company will know I'm using it? I'm thinking of if it asks me to register on-line, or picks up my details if downloading updates to the software. Technically theft, I know, but hugely cheaper than buying MS Office Professional.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:43 PM

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:45 PM

If it's a volume licence key allocated to your employer's company you may well find it's valid and will work OK. Even if you get away with breaking the law, you may be going against your employer's policies and may find yourself subject to dismissal. Is it really worth it?

Why not enquire whether your company participates in Microsoft's home software initiative? That way you can obtain a legal copy of Office at the cost of the CD.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:50 PM

Technically theft, I know, but hugely cheaper than buying MS Office Professional.

What you are talking about is theft, as you so state yourself. This subject is not permitted on Bleeping Computer forums as TMacK has mentioned and linked to the list of forum rules that include what was quoted. With this in mind this topic is now closed.

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