The unauthorized copying and use of someone else's software amounts to copyright infringement. Companies are ramping up their enforcement efforts as it relates to entities that use their software without the necessary software licenses. Microsoft is one example of that; recently took action against copyright infringers, consistent with their publicized policy of copyright infringement enforcement. In particular, it was reported that Microsoft settled more than 3 thousand copyright infringement matters throughout the world last year alone. While some were in the United States, many of them were overseas. Microsoft views software piracy, counterfeiting, and copyright infringement as a major problem that has long reaching affects upon on not only Microsoft's revenue but also economic growth, innovation, and consumer protection. Microsoft is not the only one that enforces its software rights via copyright infringement lawsuits and settlements.
If you are interested in learning more about software copyright enforcement efforts you should contact a copyright attorney today. Similarily, if you have been alleged to infringe the software copyright license of another , you should immediately speak with a copyright attorney who can identify the loegal and financial liability and advise you of means to defend or settle your matter.