Magazine article Black Enterprise

Stop, Thief. (Cyberwise)

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Stop, Thief. (Cyberwise)

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I recently purchased a new computer that was pre--loaded with Windows XP. I downloaded PowerPoint and Excel files on disc from my hard drive al work (Windows 98) to transfer to my new PC, but now I'm having trouble reading and opening files. Can you help?

--Name Withheld


Hmmm. Your question puts me in a moral bind. I would love to answer it, but I can't. Here's why: First, the software you downloaded from work belongs to your employer. If you made a copy to use on your home PC, you've just committed what software vendors such as Microsoft (and the law, for that matter) consider piracy.

Each piece of software is owned by the company or individual that produces it. This is called intellectual property. When you purchase a copy, you've purchased a license to use that copy of the software for a particular machine (called a seat); of course, most vendors let you make a backup copy or install the software on the same PC if, say, you need to reinstall it because of a failure. …

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