11th April 2001
New research shows that UK has got the software piracy message, but is it the right one? UK IT managers set their sights on ASP model as software piracy protection.
Tamworth, April 11th 2001 – A new survey has shown that IT managers are aware of the software piracy issues, but not clear on the role that ASPs play in the mix. The survey, which was commissioned by PC management specialists and FAST member Vector Networks, shows that nearly 79% of IT manager respondees believed that using an ASP was a useful way of eliminating pirate software in organisations.
The research indicated that I.S. managers are not clear on the legal standpoint for responsibility of piracy issues when using an ASP i.e. 78% of respondees believed that using an ASP prevents liability for use of illegal software by their employees.
Geoffrey Webster, Chief Executive of the Federation against Software Theft (FAST) explains: “The Vector research has confirmed the concerns we have previously expressed, which is that a majority of companies still believe that using an ASP will protect them from liability. Unfortunately this is not the case.”
Colin Bartram, Product Marketing Director at Vector Networks expands: “The results were surprising in that over a third (37%)of those questioned do not have a formal auditing policy which is why we asked for people’s views about the ASP model. There is doubt that the ASP model will provide a legal get out in terms of software piracy.”
Bartram continues: “It is also unlikely that many companies will use ASPs for every application within the organisation and we need to be aware of all software whether it be official or something someone has installed on their PC for their own use. Companies that put their faith blindly into ASPs to protect them from liability may get a nasty shock downstream.”
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THE RESEARCH: “PC MANAGEMENT – 2001 AND BEYOND”
The research survey was conducted in February 2001. 250 IT Managers across industry sectors that utilise Windows NT were surveyed.
An executive summary of the full research results will available in late April. Please contact Rose Ross at Omarketing on email@example.com for further details.
ABOUT THE FEDERATION AGAINST SOFTWARE THEFT
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) was created in 1984 by the software industry to lobby Parliament for changes to the copyright law. Since then FAST has continued to promote the legal use of software with great success.
They continue to work on behalf of the software industry and also alongside corporates who require advice and guidance to achieve a legally sustainable software environment.
Further information on FAST is available on the FAST web site at www.fast.org.uk.
ABOUT VECTOR NETWORKS
UK based Vector Networks specializes in developing Windows NT / 2000 based products for desktop management. They service approximately 5000 customers in over 20 countries with software installed in nearly 2 million PCs.
Further information on Vector Networks is available on the Vector Networks web site at www.vector-networks.com.
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Tel: +44(0)20 8255 5225
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