Copyright in company software

In our company previously we used Autocad software. Later we received a mail from auto desk stating that we're using illegal version. Immediately we uninstalled the software. After that they called and asked us to buy the licensed version. We told them it is not required. ( We only used it for learning purpose ). Last month auto desk team came to our office and said " purchase the software otherwise we will go to court". It is not affordable for us. Kindly help us what to do.

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Team Legistify

  • Sector-1, Noida

Copyright can be enforced for commercial use of non propitiatory property. But as you claimed, you used the s/w for learning purpose only, then it is exempted from copyright or any other IPR LAW. You need not worry, if you have used it for knowledge, research or learning purpose, You write a letter to the concern authority of the Autodesk and let them know what was your purpose behind using the previous version and now you do not require it. Even if they did not act or reacted to your letter/email and forced to to buy the licensed copy then you can use this letter/email as an evidence to show your bonafideness in Court.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018

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