According to Microsoft's Cryptography and anti-piracy division, in 1998, the U.S. software industry lost over $2.9 billion in the U.S. and $11 billion in international sales from software theft. While much of this was due to overseas activities, a large chunk of these illegal copies find their way into the hands of legitimate businesses.
Most people don't realize that they are committing software piracy by doing something as simple as installing Microsoft Office on more than one computer, or passing their Windows XP disc along to a friend. Most companies are eager to make sure their software purchases are legitimate, but don't realize how much they can save by utilizing the volume licensing programs many software vendors have in place. There are also tons of programs for Non-Profits to benefit from, such as Software Donations and Charity Licensing.

One of MianoVision's primary focuses deals with compliancy and software legality. If you are worried about potential compliancy issues, or are interested in learning how you can save potentially thousands of dollars in licensing, give us a call. We'll be happy to schedule a preliminary consulting session to help you explore the benefits of compliancy.

We at MianoVision advocate the use of legal software. United States law allows for civil action that includes statutory damages up to $100,000 per infringement. There are also Criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and jail terms up to five years, and in some cases, both. According to the calculator on our desk, it's a LOT cheaper to buy legal software then to have to deal with the kind of fines that come with piracy suits.