ASP copyright warning for business
The Federation Against Software Theft has warned UK companies to check 'rented' software supplied over the internet from unlicensed providers - or risk breaching copyright.
FAST CEO Geoff Webster said users may be breaching copyright and has called for a ‘back to basics’ approach to software compliance in the potentially volatile ASP market.
‘ASP contracts and licenses need to be checked with lawyers to ensure there is no shortfall that could lead to potential copyright breaches.’
He added: ‘Measures must be taken immediately to reinforce and tighten software management procedures. There is a tendency for companies to believe potential liabilities for copyright infringement vanish one they sign up to an ASP agreement.’
The warning follows the recent 2000 FAST KPMG software survey, which revealed software licensing is still not being taken seriously by senior management.