Software Companies

A number of software companies offering programs devoted to process various psychological tests, including obviously the program calculation formulas greatly facilitating the automation of reporting of the evaluated have recently proliferated. While it is true, available information from various tests is widespread use, there are certain aspects that have not been considered at the time of profiting through the systematization of these tests. The creation of a psychological test considers a high investment of time in their development, also the ability of the creator in making the best decisions to optimize results. In general, the use of psychological tests in the academic or social sphere is seen as acceptable in general, however when used in the workplace, in for-profit companies clearly which questions its free use. Even more, when there are software companies dedicated to selling and profiting from these tests.

Without a doubt, the profit generated by software companies marketing psychological tests obviating any payment rights to authors and representatives of these tests involves an illegitimate act, which must obviously be arrested and regularized. An element which makes the situation even more serious is that there are companies in large sizes that make large investments in licensing of their computer programs, and in general have very strict internal security policies that involve a number of penalties for employees who use computer programs without licenses, and that curiously often fall into these practices using lacking psychological tests of the license of their authors. These companies, in an innocent way, ensure licensing of the acquired program, but are unaware of or prefer to ignore the licenses of psychological tests contained in the programmes, perhaps because of the low price of the program. Which is obviously so since these software vendors do not consider the cost associated to the copyright of the tests. On the other hand, recruiters they do not play properly and control necessary to require that all tests used in their processes comply with sufficient documentation that backs the use of tests is legitimate, or authorised by the creators of the test or its representatives. Huge damages associated to these unlawful practices are highly documented, and are best known in the piracy of music, computer programs, movies and books.

The illegitimate use of psychological tests with non-profit obviating any payment to the authors or their representatives, is a practice that not moving away from the piracy of music or books, obviously creating an unfair competition with companies that do pay rights pertaining to their constituents, and on the other hand discourage the development of other types of evaluations. For the purpose of being able to combat such practices and avoid possible future sanctions, it is recommended that enterprise-wide to ensure that their processes of personnel selection, consider the use of screening tests that comply with the licenses of the authors or their representatives. Otherwise, recruiters would put at risk your company receive legal sanctions resulting from illegitimate use of these psychological tests.

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