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I was interviewed for a long term contract

By zlitocook ·
Last week and I had an interview with the head of IT was not what I expected. They questioned me on alot of XP and server 2003 topics but then asked what I know about Ghost, cloning and other copying programs. I do get these questions sometimes but they wanted to know if I could copy protected CD's or DVD's!
I said yes I have done this before to help protect paid for programs. To copy one copy is ok to protect the original. I said I have no problem with this as long as they have the OEM with box or CD case with the OEM.
I have been a contractor for awhile and I know that some companies protect thier software and back up all of thier paid for software as much as they can.
The contracting company called me back the next day and asked if I would start on Monday.
I asked one question. What are they copying and why? I was never called back to the company or the contractor.
What do you think, should you copy software if the company has not paid for it? Or if the company you work for is using more software then they have paid for?
I was a shape goat once in 99 and will not be there a second time.


I know a person in the company he said they use every thing from Windows for work groups (that was the first Windows with a GUI) to Win98 and NT. But they have never had a true copy or Licence for any of those.
They needed a person to copy the copies they have and go to the other locations and ether reload or fix there problems.
I was reading the other posts about this and found one that said this was another post about doing what you should not, Well there are alot of companys that still do this and you still need to watch out for it!

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Definately Not

by stargazerr In reply to I was interviewed for a l ...

If the company lands into trouble some day ... so will you, being a part of it.

It is unethical to copy software that has not been paid for. The debate about copying music could go on for ages .... but software should be legally bought ...

]:)

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Why..?

by gacain In reply to Definately Not

Music is covered by the same laws as software. Why would you think violating copyright law is ok when it comes to music and NOT ok when it comes to software?

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If you look closely

by stargazerr In reply to Why..?

at all the laws that concern copyrighted music, you will see the difference.

If you are sitting in your car and listening to music and a passerby happens to hear it ... that's copyright violation ..

]:)

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Do What You're Told Or Starve

by JohnnySacks In reply to Definately Not

If your principals are strongly against the issue, don't do it, otherwise, follow your orders, do what you're told, collect paycheck, feed family. Your superior knows the rules and would never require you to do anything illegal. If I was informed the software was stolen or illegitimate, I would decline.

In the words of a famous criminal attorney (I think it was Alan M. Dershowitz), "Deny, Deny, Deny!". Never back down, never relent, never change your story.

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SPA holds network admins responsible so beware...

by UncleRob In reply to Do What You're Told Or St ...

making illegal copies of software and not maintain software license compliance can get a network admin in deep trouble, SPA holds network admins as well as their bosses responsible and you can be prosecuted accordingly. Just remember, ignorance is not a defense. You can say you didn't know and it won't matter to them either way, and you won't get to stay at club fed like Martha did either!

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This is analogous to the resume question

by JamesRL In reply to I was interviewed for a l ...

If they ask you to do something fishy in the interview, what will they ask you to do on the job?

James

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maybe it was a test

by Dr Dij In reply to This is analogous to the ...

to see if he would admit to stealing software from the company, either for sale outside, or his own use, etc. and perhaps to judge if he would do that would he be willing to copy company data files for sale, etc.

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Doesn't wash

by Dr_Bill In reply to maybe it was a test

He said that they didn't call back, so if it was a test, he failed.

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re: maybe it was a test

by linuxinlibraries.com In reply to maybe it was a test

<quote>to see if he would admit to stealing software from the company, either for sale outside, or his own use, etc. and perhaps to judge if he would do that would he be willing to copy company data files for sale, etc.</quote>

I would think that if it was a test then when he questioned why they wanted to know they would have told him. He also mentioned in the interview that he told them he would only backup copy protected stuff if they had the OEM discs, etc.

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Maybe a test

by Edge99 In reply to re: maybe it was a test

I think he passed the test, the one that really matters. Doing the right thing

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