The official response from Cisco regarding Dynamips emulation software violating Cisco IOS copyright and licensing agreements

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Taylor Ripley - the CSO of CertGuard - a certification exam integrity and security company, asked the following questions of Cisco thru yours truly:
Since Dynampis is written and distributed by an accredited university in France, (UTC - University of Technology of Compiegne), and since Dynampis has world-wide press, why hasn't Cisco Systems pursued legal action against individuals using Dynampis if it violates copyright and licensing of the Cisco IOS Agreement? This is an international violation that Cisco would be ignoring. Do violating copyright and licensing agreements have an unspoken exception to Cisco when the materials are used in an educational environment?

THE OFFICIAL RESPONSE FROM CISCO As a matter of policy, Cisco will not comment on a specific customer or organization's use of Cisco software. That said, it is accurate that according to Cisco’s standard software licensing terms, users may only run Cisco software on the Cisco hardware for which the user pays the appropriate fees. We have also heard from customers that emulation/simulation tools are of value to them and we are exploring different ways on how to continue to help customers best design and test network configurations prior to deployment of their networks.

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