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employment question

by dynagroove16 / August 21, 2007 7:04 AM PDT

So, what if you started working for a company and they were using older technology, primarily win2000pro and win98 and office2000. What if this company was using the same serial keys for most PCs and a lot of other software as well. If you were the technician installing the OS and software, would you be legally responsible or would the company be the one in trouble?

Do company's get audited on a regular basis? how does that work....?


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You don't want to know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2007 8:38 AM PDT
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Look no further to the scandals in accounting firms and more. If you were "following orders" then you may not escape unscathed. Also you may have to grin and bear it while you find a more ethical workplace since if they don't respect copyright law then it often extends to all their business practices.

Then again I did some support where they installed with the same key all around to save time. They had plenty of licenses in the lockup room so don't take this practice as a sign of wrong doing.


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by dynagroove16 / August 21, 2007 9:02 PM PDT

I thought about it some more and this company must have bought licenses when they bought each computer because you can't buy a PC without an OS. When you buy win2000 or xp, the license# is on a little sticker on the side of the PC, whoever, I don't think that was the case with win98. This company did not keep track of licenses but if they can prove they purchased computers then one can assume they bought an OS license with it as well.

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