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Software truce runs out – Adobe declares war

Wednesday, 27 June 2001
By Print 21 Online Article

Adobe Systems has announced a ‘get tough’ campaign from next week in Australia and New Zealand on anyone using illegal. Led by Victor Guerrero, Anti-piracy Manager of Adobe Systems and newly appointed Anti-piracy consultant, Faye Chatillon, the vigorous anti-piracy campaign will be targeting businesses from SME’s to large corporates.

The truce gave small and large companies who may be unaware they are using Adobe software illegally 60 days to legalise their software. From now on for companies that don’t get legal, Adobe will follow through with legal action if required.

“Many culprits do not intentionally pirate software, but rather don’t know what is legal and what isn’t,” said Mr Guerrero. “They don’t know they are breaking the law; but company directors need to realise they are also liable for pirated software found within their business.

“Over the years Adobe has developed an accurate knowledge of who is using Adobe software illegally. We gave companies time to get legal through the BSAA truce, but now however, we will be approaching companies, and taking more serious action.”

To reinforce its seriousness Adobe, in conjunction with other software vendors recently took legal action against the director of a small business, who was fined $10,000 for possession of pirated Adobe software.

Adobe put out a list of the common forms of software piracy that includes:
Sharing or copying fonts beyond what the license agreement for that font allows including using or supplying corporate fonts to customers or service providers who do not own their copy of the font.

Multiple copies of one application loaded on multiple machines. Many people have one copy of PhotoShop installed on multiple machines, or a server, but only use one application at any one time. This is an illegal use of the software.

Using Acrobat Distiller on a Server. It is a breach of the licence agreement to use Adobe Acrobat software to provide services to others who do not have their own copy of Acrobat installed on their machine.

Having the incorrect number of licenses for the number of computers, including licences for Adobe fonts. This includes ensuring each printer owns a copy of the fonts that is sent to it.

Printers are particularly vulnerable if they receive jobs from clients with fonts attached. They break the law if they use the client’s fonts without having their own copy. This is a common and widespread practice in the industry.

To help people understand how to be legal, Adobe has developed an
educational brochure, which outlines the parameters of software piracy and helps companies get legal. It is also hosting a series of seminars in July for targeted markets that are most affected. A free hotline is also available at 1 300 882 546 for companies wanting to seek information.

The brochure also highlights the benefits to having registered Adobe
products, which include: customer support, updates to Adobe’s latest developments and access to upgrade and crossgrade offers.

The BSAA maintains that 32 per cent of commonly used software in Australia is pirated – a figure that is on the rise. During the truce there was according to Adobe, “a phenomenal reaction, with hundreds of businesses registering to go legitimate.”

“By appointing a specialist anti-piracy consultant and implementing a strong anti-piracy campaign, Adobe is committed to decreasing the rate of Piracy on Adobe software in the Pacific region and helping individuals and companies to get legal, and stay legal,” says Craig Tegel, Managing Director, Adobe Systems Pacific & South East Asia.

One of the most commonly pirated Adobe products in Australia is Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Fonts.

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