When you received your university login, you agreed to abide by the University Computing regulations.
As well as that you have a responsibilty to comply with the terms and conditions which come with any sofware you buy or use at the university.
A licence agreement accompanies any software you buy. It's your responsibility to keep software licences in a safe place.
Software licence terms & conditions do vary and each licence should be read carefully. Do not assume that it will be the same as previously bought software from the same supplier.
For IS administered site licence software, you will first be sent a licence agreement to sign and return. The software can only be sent out on receipt of the signed agreement.
For the special purchases administered by IS, a licence agreement is supplied with the software. You should make a copy of the second page, sign it and return it to Software Services.
For software purchased online and downloaded from a vendors site, terms & conditions are usually presents as a tick box. Copy or print the agreement and keep it safe. Sometimes software license certificates are downloaded at the same time.
For externally bought software, there should always be a licence agreement in the box.
Please remember: copying software without permission is illegal.
In the long term it will not save you or the University money. This warning is no less important for software for which there is a special deal or site licence, since the conditions of these agreements require that records are kept of every copy made. Illegal copying could lead to the withdrawal of our licence and consequently the loss of the discounted pricing.
The Computing Regulations cover use of copyright software and use of software under licence agreements. A copy of the regulations, along with the general license conditions by which the University must abide, can be found via the links below.
EduSERV has made available a general form for the acknowledgement of third-party licensing rights. Software Services administer a number of Eduserv site licenses and special purchases.
The form should be filled out and returned to Software Services whenever a member of Staff or a Student takes receipt of a piece of software through one of the University's Eduserv agreements.
This article was published on Dec 18, 2012