Software piracy occurs when one or more of the following happen:
software is modified or hacked
keys or accounts are copied or sold
Software piracy exposes businesses and consumers to security threats including malware, spyware and viruses, and can lead to decreased efficiencies in organizations. Only genuine, legally licensed Autodesk software is warranted and supported by Autodesk with access to the latest features, security updates, previous versions and more.
What are the risks of using invalid software?
Using invalid software poses a risk for individuals and organizations. Invalid software may have been modified and/or may include malicious code, leading to issues such as:
Increased risk of exposure to viruses or spyware that can destroy or compromise data, including your work
Increased chance of the software not functioning correctly, or failing completely, which may cause safety, quality or integrity issues for your designs, processes, products or structures
Limited access to customer support, upgrades, technical documentation, etc.
Using invalid software also puts you and your company at risk of copyright infringement or other potential legal claims, which may lead to civil penalties or criminal prosecution.
How does Autodesk help prevent invalid software use?
Autodesk participates in many programs that help protect individuals and organizations from the risks associated with invalid software.
We educate end users and organizations on the benefits of using genuine Autodesk software, including providing software asset management (SAM) information to help businesses manage their software licenses, and support services where customers can ask for help and guidance on software usage.
We work with organizations like The Software Alliance (BSA) to investigate the sale and use of invalid software.
We take action against unauthorized resellers of Autodesk products on popular marketplaces and e-commerce sites.
We investigate anonymous reports of suspicious resellers and users of invalid software.
We support technical programs, such as validation testing, that help customers understand the status of their software.
Are there legal risks to using invalid Autodesk software?
How can I tell if I am using genuine software? How can Autodesk help?
Can education or student versions of Autodesk software be used for commercial purposes?
No. Autodesk’s education and student licenses cannot be used for commercial, professional, commercial training, or other for-profit purposes. If you are using education or student versions for commercial purposes, visit www.autodesk.com for options on how to purchase the appropriate product.
Can I use my software away from home when I'm traveling?
If I have invalid software, what should I do?
Autodesk recommends uninstalling the invalid software and purchasing genuine software directly from Autodesk or an authorized reseller. If you have information regarding a seller of invalid software, you can submit a report to Autodesk to take action.
How can I report the suspected use of invalid Autodesk software?
Suspected use of invalid software can be reported anonymously here.
How could this have happened?
Unfortunately, it is easy to unknowingly purchase invalid software. Unauthorized sellers often pose as authorized resellers and sell invalid software at deep discounts. Other sellers bundle invalid software with computer hardware. Always buy Autodesk software either direct from Autodesk.com or from an authorized reseller.
Software Asset Management
What is software asset management (SAM)?
Software Asset Management (SAM) enables organizations to manage software assets through purchase, deployment, upgrade and/or replacement. Smart SAM practices can help you and your organization manage complex licensing terms and prevent invalid software use. SAM may also reduce costs by identifying over or under-deployment of licenses.
Can Autodesk help me with Software Asset Management?
How does Autodesk decide when to do an audit or licensing review?
A certain number of Autodesk subscribers are contacted each year to verify and ensure compliance with the applicable licensing terms and conditions. Such verification checks can also help customers evaluate and maximize their utilization of their Autodesk subscriptions. Customers are selected for such verification checks based on a range of criteria including subscription registration and activation information.
How do I know if my organization has been selected for an audit or license review?
Autodesk will contact customers who have been selected for an audit or license review and involve the customer throughout the process from initial investigation to resolution.
Autodesk Genuine Service
What is the Autodesk Genuine Service?
The Autodesk Genuine Service checks for certain types of invalid Autodesk software. When invalid software is detected, the service can inform the user through a notification with options to resolve the problem.
What happens if I ignore messages from the Autodesk Genuine Service?
The notification will continue to appear until you resolve the issue.
Can I remove [or disable] the Autodesk Genuine Service?
The Autodesk Genuine Service is designed to remain in place as long as Autodesk products are detected on a device. Once Autodesk products are no longer detected, the service will be disabled automatically.