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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Have some fun and turn in illegal users of Autodesk Software - Educational Plot Stamp Removal Issues

Want to make a couple of extra bucks?  Turn in your peers who are using educational versions of Autodesk software for commercial use.  Autodesk has been kind enough to give away their software for free to students so they can practice and learn and be more productive when they go into the business world.  Using that same software in your office is illegal and it's not the disgruntled employees you have to worry about, sometimes it's the gruntled ones that are the real problem.  You know, the ones who can't find a job elsewhere but can't quit because they need the money.

Here's a great place to start: 

Report Noncompliance

There are two ways to report noncompliance:

  1. Complete this form to report the unlicensed use of Autodesk software in the United States and Canada.
  2. Call 1-800-NO COPIES to speak with someone personally about your report.

You can get a bounty for turning in illegal users of the software.  After all, why should you have to pay for software and they don't?  If they have less overhead, they'll come in lower on bids and that's an unfair advantage.
Kick them where it counts....in the wallet.  After all, if the legal department gets involved, it's up to 3 times the value of each illegal copy they find.  Imagine paying $18,000 for a seat of Revit.

Now, go and have some fun.   It's anonymous and a great free way to make the recession away faster.  

Oh, almost forgot, that one sure sign of piracy....the educational watermark.   


Published date: 2011-Oct-18 
ID: TS17886605

Educational Plot Stamp Removal Issues


When plotting a drawing that was created in—or that contains drawing data that was created in—an Educational (Student and Faculty) version of AutoCAD or an AutoCAD-based program, the following plot stamp or watermark appears in the final output:

For Educational Use Only

This can also occur when using blocks or other components of drawings that have been created or modified in an Educational version, including layers, blocks, layouts, etc.


Autodesk sells educational versions of software on the premise that the software will be used for educational purposes only. The addition of this watermark is as-designed to discourage the commercial use of an educational version.

Removal of the educational plot stamp from AutoCAD-based drawings is not supported.

Authorized use of educational and student versions of AutoCAD software does not permit using that software for professional, commercial, or for-profit purposes. The plot stamp is a measure that helps ensure educational and student version licenses are used only as authorized.

At some point during your drawings lifecycle, an educational or student version of AutoCAD was used to either create and/or edit your file(s), thus introducing the educational plot stamp. When opening drawings in an educational version, the software provides up to two warnings that the plot stamp will be applied.

We recommend reviewing the applicable Autodesk software license agreement accompanying each product that has been licensed and identify cases in which educational or student versions of Autodesk products may be being used in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the governing license agreements. This will help you avoid the inclusion of educational plot stamps in files being used for professional, commercial or for-profit purposes.


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