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Software Piracy

Software is one of the twentieth century's major success stories and as we move into the twenty-first century this incredibly versatile and leading edge technology is increasingly becoming a target for criminals. Because of the value of the software and the relative ease with which a computer can be used to copy programs, software piracy is prevalent, and it isn't always done deliberately by businesses, it can be the result of a rogue employee or merely by a lack of understanding of the problem. Either way, it has a major impact on businesses like ours, and also on our Business Partners, Accountant Club Members and legitimate customers who deal properly with their software licensing. Therefore we at TAS Software are determined to make a stand against piracy. We would as a result ask that you familiarise yourself with our policy and assist whenever you are able to.

TAS, as with most major software companies, either owns its own software or is licensed to use software owned by other companies, and all the software is protected by intellectual property right legislation. The software itself is protected by copyright, and the product name and our company name are either registered or unregistered trade marks.

We are committed to protecting the quality and integrity of our software. Software piracy impacts not just on us but also on the legitimate business of our authorised Business Partners and Accountant Club Members and puts our customers at risk of legal action. Misuse of our software will not be tolerated, and we will not hesitate to take swift legal action and/or to report misuse to any interested party or to the relevant enforcement authorities.

If you obtain TAS software from any source other than us, then you run the risk that you and/or your business may be sued or prosecuted for infringement of copyright. Prosecution may result in an unlimited fine and/or up to 10 years imprisonment

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If you become aware of piracy of our software, please report it to us, by email to [email protected] or by post to:-

TAS Software - Software Licensing Department
North Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 9AA

We will need as much of the following information from you as you have available:-

  • the name, address and telephone number of the business you suspect of piracy and the name of the person there we should contact;
  • details of the piracy of our software - what is happening, and what evidence you have of the piracy, such as documents (including emails), copies of counterfeit software or other evidence; and
  • your details - name, address and telephone number (voluntary)

The information you give to us may be disclosed in any court proceedings and/or passed to the relevant enforcement authorities.

If you give us your name, address and telephone number, we will treat them as confidential and as having been given to us for the purpose only of our investigations, although we will disclose them if it is necessary or required of us in the context of actual or threatened legal proceedings or by enforcement authorities. We may contact you to ask further questions and may also ask you to give evidence in any legal action. Any expenses you reasonably incur in assisting us in this manner will be met in full by us.

What we will do
We will consider all complaints made and take appropriate action if necessary through our solicitors. We can't guarantee an immediate response as investigating allegations can be a time-consuming process, but we do value your help and will take each report very seriously. Once reported, we will take some or all of the following actions:

  • Further investigation, being:
  • a request for a software audit; and/or
  • an application to Court for pre-action disclosure of documents; 
  • an application to Court for a Search and Seizure Order.
  • Court proceedings for breach of the terms of our software licence and/or infringement of our intellectual property rights.
  • Referral to Trading Standards Departments to investigate and prosecute trade mark infringement
  • Referral to the police to investigate and prosecute copyright infringement.