Since 1989, the Autodesk license compliance program has been a model for the software industry, emphasizing education and empowerment, as well as enforcement, when necessary. The program empowers customers and the public to comply with software licensing agreements, understand the risk of noncompliance, and adopt software asset management best practices. Autodesk provides information and tools to help customers audit PCs and proactively manage software licenses.
All legal software is supplied with a license. This applies whether the software is acquired for use on one or a number of networked machines, or preinstalled as part of a system. Violating the terms of the license constitutes unauthorized use of the software. Check the applicable license for the specific terms that apply to you.
Examples of unauthorized use include:
Software is protected by intellectual property law, which varies by country. Most countries impose stiff fines and penalties for copyright infringement.
There are several risks associated with using counterfeit software:
To ensure you get authentic software, buy only from an Autodesk Authorized Reseller or directly from Autodesk.
Autodesk constantly adds new resellers and other channel partners, so when in doubt, visit the Reseller Center to find an authorized reseller.
Autodesk software is nontransferable. Beware of Autodesk software sold on auction sites.
If you suspect the unauthorized use of Autodesk software by a person, company, or website, send a report to Autodesk.
Software noncompliance hurts everyone by draining resources that could be used to improve product offerings and by impacting jobs and the economy. If copyright holders are not paid for their intellectual property, it slows development and growth in the software industry.
It is in your best interest to proactively resolve a compliance situation, please visit the reseller center and talk to an Authorized reseller near you.
Autodesk is a founding member of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a nonprofit trade association created to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners. BSA helps protect software providers’ intellectual property rights, enforce copyright legislation, and encourage compliance. The BSA receives thousands of reports of unlicensed use and takes legal action on behalf of BSA members. Learn more about the BSA.
Read the I Stay Compliant brochure for answers to five frequently asked questions about Autodesk license compliance.
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When you purchase Autodesk software, you are in fact purchasing a license to use that software program. Prior to or on installation of Autodesk software programs, you must accept Autodesk’s licensing terms applicable to that Autodesk software program (Software License Agreement) which governs your use of that software program.
The Autodesk Software License Agreement contains restrictions on the use of that software program. Generally, you are not permitted to rent, loan, lease, sell, sublicense, or otherwise transfer the Autodesk software program to any other person without the prior written consent of Autodesk.
The Software License Agreement only allows use of the software program by you, the individual or legal entity who purchased the software program and who is registered with Autodesk as the user. The Software License Agreement does not allow third parties (including companies that are affiliated with you) to use the software program, without written permission from Autodesk. If you have questions, please contact Autodesk or your Autodesk Value Added Reseller.
For most Autodesk software programs, the Software License Agreement allows you to use the software program only in the country in which you purchased the software program unless (1) you purchased the software program in a member country of the European Union or European Free Trade Association, in which case use in any of those countries is allowed, or (2) you have written permission form Autodesk.
For some Autodesk software programs, the territorial restrictions may be different. You should check the Software License Agreement and user documentation applicable to your Autodesk software program for the relevant territorial restrictions.
In the case of certain Autodesk software programs, if you have a Stand-alone or individual license (that is, a license purchased for installation and use on just one computer), the Software License Agreement may allow you to install one copy on a second computer away from your usual work location, but always subject to the territory restrictions, and subject further to other conditions described in the Software License Agreement, including without limitation:
We recommend that you check the Software License Agreement accompanying your Autodesk software program to check for this authorization and for the particular restrictions applicable. Additional special provisions for use of the software away from usual work location may further apply if your software is covered by Subscription. Please contact your Autodesk Value Added Reseller or Autodesk for further details about these special provisions.