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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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14 things tagged with software.

Software Piracy
Instant Messaging and Penn"s Jabber Service
Converting SSN to PennID
Risks of End User Software Development
Working at Home and Other Remote Locations: Recognize the Data Privacy and Security Risks
Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Software and Identity Theft
Bogus Warnings About Viruses and Spyware
New Back-IT-Up Service For Secure Backups
Working From Home and the Data You Work With
About Keystroke Loggers
Security and Working At Home
Google Desktop: A Security and Privacy Risk
To Stay Secure, Keep Your Software Current
Beware of Dangerous Free Software

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2009-09-22 - 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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