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Software Licensing importance

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 25 Jun, 2015 14:40:04

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Most of you might not be aware that computers also have licenses that are needed to keep a computer running. Most users does not care as long as they could type, browse the net or to play games but actually, licensing is very important when it comes to computers.

A license is a proof that a company grants you access to a specific software or application. When you are using certain software that has no license or you did not purchase any license, it means that the software that you are using is counterfeit or pirated. Some of you might be wandering why you could also download some programs or applications without the need to purchase it, the said applications are called freeware or those stuff that are free to download.

It is not new that piracy is still a big problem not just in the Philippines but in the whole world. To further explain it, a software is called pirated when it was illegally downloaded or was activated using a certain program. There are many hackers and computer geeks that could easily crack a certain program that needs a license.

The impression of others is that licenses are only used for... operating systems but actually it is not, because most programs also needs license for it function well. There are instances when you download a program that says that it is free but after downloading it, you will need to purchase its license to unlock its features.

Licenses are important especially for companies. If a company is not using authentic version of Windows or some of their installed programs are not genuine, the company that owns the program can sue the said company for violating the anti-piracy law. This could result to the company paying millions for violating it especially if you are using a pirated version of Windows.

As an IT professional, it is a must to always make sure that we do have required licenses not just for the sake of complying as a requirement but also to make sure that all programs are running smoothly because it is capable of receiving updates and patches whenever there is available.

Always bear in mind that when you are caught using pirated software, there is a big possibility that you will spend some time in jail and you will also be required to pay a certain amount of penalty depending on the case.


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