[hackerspaces] Software Licensing

tetsu yatsu tetsuharu at gmail.com
Wed Nov 11 19:38:26 CET 2009

Members and non-members are asking that we get proprietary software on our
systems, like Adobe CS3, Windows XP, and OSX.  I've actually been
exclusively using open-source software the past few years, and didn't really
consider that someone would want to run these things.

Naturally, they feel that being a 'hacker'space, we have no concept of
intellectual property and have no problems stealing software and installing
pirated, potentially infected software on our lab computers.  But, being a
nonprofit, we are going to get audited at some point, and I wouldn't want a
bunch of bootleg installs of Windows to ruin our message.

Likewise, a lot of people try to offer us pirated software and MSDN access.
(Is it legal to share MSDN access? Shouldn't we just get our own MSDN

So far, I'm considering a policy where we only install software we have
valid licenses for on lab computers, hopefully with a non-profit discount,
but members may run whatever they want on their own machines they bring in
since the space is not liable.

I know some of you are very supportive of changes in intellectual property
laws, but those of us following the laws until then, any advice?
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