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Appropriate Use of Software

Software is protected by copyright laws, and there are rules that must be observed. Make sure you fully understand the license agreement for each piece of software you use, and be careful not to use it illegally.

Examples of prohibited actions

  • Knowingly downloading illegally copied software via the Internet using file sharing software or other means
  • Installing software purchased and used by a friend on your computer without checking the license agreement
  • Installing software on more computers than permitted by the license agreement, allowing its use by unauthorized persons, or using it for unauthorized purposes
  • Knowingly installing pirated software that has been illegally copied

Unauthorized use of software is a clear violation of law

Copyright infringement can incur a very serious penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than 10 million yen. It will also cause immeasurable damage to both your reputation and that of Keio University. Please familiarize yourself with software licenses and be careful that you do not engage in or become involved in unauthorized use of software. Doing so may lead to a major problem for which ignorance is no excuse.

※Besides the legal risks involved, obtaining software by inappropriate means can also lead to virus infection, software malfunctions, and other problems. Exercise appropriate caution.

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Last-Modified: December 27, 2019

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