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One Step Ahead: Almanac Security Tips - 2014

In each issue, Penn's Journal of Record, The Almanac publishes helpful tips and hints for dealing with information security and privacy matters. This page is a collection of all those published thus far.
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability
Security and Privacy Tips for World Travelers
Filing Taxes Online This Year? Take Steps to Protect Your Information!
If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!
Why Should You Report Security Incidents? And How Do You Report One?
Photo and Video Privacy Issues
The Password is Dead, Long Live the Password!
Data Privacy Month: NSA Surveillance Panel at the National Constitution Center
Protecting Your Finances During This Year’s Holiday Shopping Season
Beware of Phishing E-mails in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
No E-mail from Penn Will Ask For Your Username/Password or SSN
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: Does It Apply to Your Website?
October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month; Free Secure Disposal of Paper and Electronics
What Basic Rules Protect Student Information at Penn? (September 2013)
Protecting Privacy and Security on Penn + Box

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - Almanac Vol. 56, No. 4

Software Piracy

The success of Sweden's Pirate Party prompts a reflection on the reasons for copyright law. The Swedish party now holds a seat in the 2009 European Parliament and Pirate Parties in 33 countries decry patents and advocate for decriminalizing file sharing.

Copyright law traces back to English law. With the Statute of Anne in 1710, Parliament limited the monopoly enjoyed by Crown-chartered publishing and bookselling guilds with fixed term limits.

Framers of the US Constitution distrusted sanctioned monopolies but saw the economic benefit of Britain's Statute of Anne. The US Constitution thus charges Congress with promoting "The Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." Subsequent US Copyright Law grants limited-term monopolies, after which work enters the public domain, in order to stimulate further creativity and advancement.

Violation of US Copyright is a violation of Penn policy. Software piracy can come about when more software copies are installed, or when copies are made in violation of the license. This subjects Penn and individuals involved to civil and possibly criminal penalties, as well as unfavorable publicity. In 2000, Temple University paid $100,000, and in 1997, the City of Philadelphia paid $121,000, to settle claims of illegal software copying.

Be sure to budget appropriately for your software purchases. Make sure that you are getting the best price for software. Check with the Penn Bookstore and Penn's Office of Software Licensing for favorable volume purchase prices. See


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