Identifying Authentic Intuit Software

Make sure you have authentic Intuit-manufactured discs

Beginning July 2005, all U.S. versions of Intuit's QuickBooks® and TurboTax® desktop software have an authenticity indicator on the inner ring of each disc. This indicator shows the "Intuit" logo and the word "Authentic" as you tilt the disc under light. The indicator is present on all authentic discs that have been manufactured by Intuit or its authorized manufacturing partners.

 

If you don't see this indicator on a disc you obtained, that disc may be counterfeit and may expose your computer to significant risks.

 

To find out more about the risks of installing and using software from counterfeit discs, please visit Intuit's Anti-Piracy Information page.

 

To report someone who you believe is selling counterfeit CDROMs, please visit our Report Software Piracy page.

 

Common Questions:
 

Will this indicator prevent me from making a back-up copy of my software?
No. This indicator has no effect on your ability to make copies of the software. However, as always, your creation and/or use of any back-up copy is governed by the terms of the software's end-user license agreement.

 

Will this indicator somehow track my copy of the software by monitoring where or how I use, install or re-install the software?
No. This indicator does NOT, in any way, track any user activity or send any information back to Intuit or anyone else. It is solely a physical, visual authenticity feature placed on our discs to help our customers and retail partners identify Authentic Intuit discs---and avoid counterfeit discs.

 

I unwittingly purchased a counterfeit disc through an online marketplace. What should I do now?
You should immediately consider doing three things:

  • avoid using the counterfeit disc in your computer's CDROM drive
  • report the incident to the site where you purchased the disc;
  • report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ic3.gov); and
  • report the incident to Intuit using this this online form

QuickBooks® License Labels

When purchasing QuickBooks software, you can always look at the License Label that came with your software to help determine whether you have obtained a legitimate, valid license for, and copy of, QuickBooks software. Beginning October, 2004, all authentic discs containing QuickBooks software are accompanied by an official yellow License Label on the back of the packaging which contains the following features:

  • a scratch-off section with the license and product numbers for the software; and
  • a unique authenticity pattern on the far right end of the label.


To find out more about the risks of installing and using software from counterfeit discs, please visit Intuit's Anti-Piracy Information page

 

To report someone who you suspect is selling or distributing counterfeit software, please visit our Report Software Piracy page.