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Skidmore College
Information Technology

Software Piracy

Simply put, Skidmore College forbids the unauthorized duplication of copyrighted software.

This position is based on the following documents: 

(from the Student Handbook)

Software Piracy: The college forbids the unauthorized duplication or use of copyrighted software. Even if a program does not contain copy protection to prevent unauthorized duplication, it is illegal to copy commercial software for your own use or by others. Likewise, knowingly accepting or using copies of "pirated" software violates the Skidmore College Honor Code.

Penalties Recommended

  • failure on the material in question when academic credit is at issue
  • failure in the course
  • AIB sanction of academic disciplinary probation, another type of academic sanction, or a recommendation of suspension

Computer Abuse and Fraud: includes the abuses defined in these guidelines under "plagiarism," "multiple submission" and "alteration." Members of the Skidmore community are expected to observe the highest standards of academic and social integrity as they use computers for class, office and individual projects. Such offenses as computer plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, entry of another person's computing directory, data theft or unauthorized alteration, inappropriate use of the electronic mail and other malicious or dishonest computer activities will be treated as serious infringements of integrity. Consult the "Code of Ethics for Academic Computing at Skidmore".


The college recognizes the following EDUCOM policy statement: "Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and the right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution. Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be groups for sanctions against members of the academic community."