So I was checking out the license agreement of a software product that I acquired the past days and noticed this section, please notice it was freeware software:

You agree that if you are found to be distributing unauthorized copies of this software, or if you are found to be using a copy of this software that was not licensed to YOU that you will agree to cover all applicable legal expense incurred by X in your prosecution. You further agree that these costs should not be less than 20,000 Euro per event.

I found it weird to include such statement and I have not seen anything like that in the past. Is it common for a software company to take such measures against piracy even on a "freeware" product?

Sorry if this is off topic, first time posting here.

  • Is this common is off-topic. Is this legal/enforceable isn’t
    – Dale M
    Jul 12, 2020 at 12:13
  • @DaleM just to bring this to your attention, "free software", especially when uppercased as "Free Software" (but to a lesser extent also in lowercase) is not the same as freeware. Freeware is typically proprietary software given away gratis. Free Software, however, refers to software following one of several licensing models which have certain properties. The Wikipedia article covers some of it. Jul 12, 2020 at 12:20
  • You are right about that I will edit my post, by free I mean distributed freely not free in the way that you are also supplied with the source code and you are allowed to modify it in your way. Jul 12, 2020 at 12:22
  • Hah, sorry. My bad. I had (wrongly) assumed Dale had edited that into your question. Should have checked. Apologies for the noise. Jul 12, 2020 at 12:24


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