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A system for automatically identifying downloaded software Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022114D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-25

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During the last few years, the internet has gained popularity both among private users and within government, academic, and business organizations. Increasingly, the web has become one of the major media for distribution of software. End-users download software packages and install them on their PCs / workstations. In large organizations, this creates a challenge from both the maintenance and the legal perspectives. From the standpoint of an IT department, freely downloaded SW increases the diversity of PCs and workstations in the organization and with it the cost of maintaining these workstations / PCs. Legally, some of the freely available SW should not be downloaded because of IP / license concerns. The current practice in large organizations is either to ignore the problems discussed above, risking IT and legal difficulties, or to require a per-case managerial decision for any downloaded SW package. Obviously, this can place a significant burden on IT and legal departments. This invention aims at automating some of the process related to approving a SW package download by an end-user.