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Written by attorney Steve C. Vondran | Oct 12, 2018

Can you go to jail for software piracy?

Our software audit defense law firm handles many different types of license compliance audits and federal litigation case. From Siemens "John Doe" lawsuits in Texas, to responding to audit demand letters from the Business Software Alliance ("BSA") and letters from Donahue Fitzgerald who handles Autodesk (CAD and Revit mainly) audits. Of course, our list of experience goes on from there and includes Vero, Solidworks, CNC, Adobe, Microsoft SAM audits and others such as the SIIA.

A frequently asked question we get when representing companies across the United States in these copyright infringement investigations is "is there any chance we can go to jail." My general response is "anything is possible and yes, there are criminal copyright laws on the books" I also add that "our IP law firm has never had anyone referred out for criminal prosecution." In many cases, liability is limited to civil matters.

This video discuss generally the types of cases that the F.B.I may investigate and which the U.S. DOJ (Department of Justice) may prosecute. This is general legal information only and not legal advice.

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