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The Illegal or Unauthorized Sale of SAP Software and Other Proprietary Materials
SAP software solutions and other proprietary materials are owned by SAP and protected by laws around the world, including patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret. SAP software solutions and other proprietary materials (e.g. user manuals, training manuals, and certification examinations) cannot be reproduced (in whole or in part) or used to provide training or other services without a prior written approval of SAP. For that reason, much of the SAP software solutions and other SAP proprietary materials available over the Internet are counterfeit or otherwise unauthorized.
The illegal or unauthorized sale of SAP software solutions and other proprietary materials harms SAP, its customers and those individuals or entities acquiring illegal or unauthorized materials. Since a large percentage of every dollar SAP receives through authorized licenses is applied to research and development, unauthorized sales divert resources from innovation, ultimately impacting SAP’s customers. And, if you acquire SAP software solutions or other SAP proprietary materials through an illegal or unauthorized sale, you are at a distinct disadvantage: illegal or unauthorized versions of SAP software solutions and other proprietary materials are subject to legal seizure and forfeiture, may carry viruses or other harmful code which could adversely affect your systems, do not come with authorized documentation such as user manuals, are not subject to the stringent quality control standards employed by SAP, and are not entitled to upgrades or technical support.
In the United States and many other countries, there are criminal and civil statutes which provide for enforcement of intellectual property rights in software programs and other proprietary materials. The criminal penalties range from fines to jail terms, or both. Civil remedies may include the seizure and forfeiture of software and equipment and the payment of damages.
If you are interested in purchasing authorized SAP products or services, please contact SAP at www.sap.com/contactsap/index.epx.