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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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Not a good idea

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

Wether or not it may have been a test of trusting or just a resposability test, I would not make illegal copies unless it was to protect OEM copies. We are all guilty at one point, but to do it for a company is not a good idea.

Especially with the tough copyright laws today you are bound to get in trouble. So I think its best to just say sorry I don't make copies unless it is to protect the original licensed copy.

The penaties are huge for individuals and corporations so not worth it.

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Precisely

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

In the long run the company or company officers would clean themselves with you. Always do the ethical, likewise in the long run you will be rewarded for this.

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Lost a job for refusing to something similar

by chazr_99 In reply to I was interviewed for a l ...

I lost a job with a small consulting firm in Chicago for refusing to install unlicensed copies of an OS at a client site. I was fired for insubordination. When the owner tried to challenge my application for unemployment benefits on the grounds that I was terminated for cause, I sent him a letter asking if he was prepared to deal with the FBI when I spilled my guts to them about some of his business practices.

I think he was most concerned about the potential problems for his brother who works for a software company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, should it be learned that the software he was buying at the company store (at a huge discount) was being copied and installed on the workstations of my former employer's clients.

I don't believe in compromising my ethics for a paycheck and think that what goes around comes around.

Fortunately, the company I work for today has a policy of strictly monitoring software installations and complying with license agreements.

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Why work for a cheap company?

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

I have worked for companies where they steal software before, and one question always comes to mind. If the company is not willing to pay a software company the proper value for it's work, why in the world would they pay you the proper value for your work?

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Exactly !!

by da philster In reply to Why work for a cheap comp ...

My sentiments exactly.
So the company didn't call him back.....that's his lucky day.
There are enough good companies to work for without wasting time with schlock outfits.
Good luck in your search.

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One Abreviation...

by jc2it In reply to I was interviewed for a l ...

... BSA

It only takes one disgruntled employee or prospective employee to report this company to the BSA. Then they would need to have all of those Licenses fast.

Although just because you copy a CD or DVD does not mean you are breaking the law? There is such a thing as Fair Use copying. This is particularly the case of volume licenses. I never use the media kit that I bought, I always use a copy of it. This way, if I scratch it I am not waiting for another one to show up.

Maybe the company was not on the up and up, and maybe it was. It is difficult to say from the post. We don't know what zlito's inside contact actually does for the company, and they may be greatly mis-informed. If they are right then I would get anoter job, because it is like playing russian roulette working for an employer like that. You are just waiting for the explosion.

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Right

by verd In reply to One Abreviation...

To copy a CD of legal software to protect the one that the software company sent. Sometimes if the CD-ROM is bad it can ruin the CD. Why would you not use a copy to be safe? I do this and do not have any illegal software running on the networks I am system admin for. I do not see a problem with this. In fact the originals are kept off site in case of a fire and can be obtained at anytime along with the licenses to prove they are legal. So the issue is not copying but licenses for software. I can just see using a disk only to find it has been scratched and now we have to wait for a new CD, meanwhile the production has stopped at the company because of it. Not a wise situation to be in.

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It is still wrong and illegal...

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

I understand that there are probably still lots of companies out there doing this stuff. If you were to do this, if they did get caught, who do you think would be responsible? The technician who knew better and did it anyway.
If everyone did what you did and refuse to go along with this type of stuff, it would sure stop alot of illegal copying. Good for you!

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make it legal

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

The correct thing to do would be to turn them in.
Not because they rejected you but because what they are doing will eventually reflect on others as well

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Missing the obvious?

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

Am I missing the obvious? This isn't a situation where the business is 'test driving' to see if accomplishes what they need and then either delete or buy it. They have essentially advertised their illegal activity during the interview and hiring process and they shouldn't be surprised when the software police showed up.

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