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Comptroller Promotes New State Policy Against Software Piracy

Contact: Bob King
860-703-3311 or 860-702-3300

Software piracy and computer viruses are the targets of a new state policy being promoted at a seminar in Meriden tomorrow, State Comptroller Nancy Wyman announced today.

The policy forbids use of unauthorized, unlicensed software on state-owned computers. Wyman called using unlicensed software "not only illegal, but unwise. Pirated software may contain viruses and its use or installation on state computers may subject the state to legal liabilities."

Several speakers, including representatives from the Software Publishers Association, a trade group that fights illegal software use, will speak to state employees at the half-day seminar. The seminar, sponsored by the Comptroller's office, will be held at the Connecticut Police Training Academy in Meriden.

Each state agency is being asked to implement the policy and make its employees aware of the problems associated with software piracy, Wyman said. The policy was written by an interagency task force.

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For Immediate Release
August 14, 1996
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