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Has Microsoft gone soft on piracy?
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Users of illegitimate Windows XP copies will be allowed to download and install Microsoft's upcoming security patch -- Service Pack 2 (SP2), according to one Microsoft executive. This wasn't the case in Service Pack 1 and the move runs contrary to the company's mantra that piracy harms "everyone in the software community including end users." The final version of SP2 is slated to launch this quarter although beta testers have been going through the motions with the Release Candidate 1 version of the product since last year. From a revenue perspective, anti-piracy watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA) says...

 Fran Foo
Legal software in Ukraine: Problems of the making Computer piracy in Ukraine is prosecuted
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The orientation of the software market towards disposing of counterfeit products is inadmissible for the civilized state. The use of unlicensed software is a serious obstacle in the way of the development of the information technology market, hinders the international cooperation and favors the furtherance of the underground sector. The international financial and industrial structures lose opportunities to invest money in the sphere of information technologies and find a complex solution for problems of the competent use of objects of the intellectual property. However the users of computer hardware have an opinion that it is better to obtain software in...

 Andrey Belousov
Five Myths About Software Copy Protection
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Nothing could be further from the truth! According to industry statistics, illegal software use costs developers worldwide more than $29 billion a year in lost revenues, with more than $6 billion lost in the USA alone. In Eastern Europe, an average of 71% of the software in use is illegal. In some Asian and Eastern European markets, over 90% of software is unlicensed. The impact of piracy on the industry is painfully clear. Potential income lost to piracy could be used to upgrade current products, develop new ones, and lower prices across the board. In the end, legitimate users suffer...

Standards for Evaluating Software Protection Systems
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If you or your company has decided to protect your software, you will probably be evaluating hardware-based security solutions, commonly called "dongles." What should you look for in a software security product? By what set of standards should you compare different products? When choosing a software security solution, there are many factors to consider, aside from the most obvious issue of software piracy. Your key should ensure compliance with the software license. It should be transparent to the user. It should be compatible with other network devices and device drivers. Finally, the key should provide you with the right security...

Software Computer Piracy and Your Business
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Unfortunately many computer users make illegal copies of computer software. Called "piracy" in the computer industry, this theft is a violation of federal copyright law. Software pirates hurt themselves as well as others through their actions. They sacrifice the long term benefits of legitimate software ownership for a cheap, short term fix. This fact sheet identifies the hazards of illegal copying and the benefits for small businesses in becoming "software legal." Software is developed by publishers, including many small businesses relying upon steady sales not only to survive but also to improve their products and invest for the future. The...

Software Piracy: What You Should Know
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Copying software is an act of copyright infringement, and is subject to civil and criminal penalties. It's illegal whether you use pirated software yourself, give it away, or sell it. And aiding piracy by providing unauthorized access to software or to serial numbers used to register software can also be illegal. What's the harm in making a few extra copies? If those extra copies are used on university-owned computers, the harm could be great. Software publishers take piracy very seriously, and they have been in touch with Cornell. The university and the individuals involved could be held liable for large...

IDC: 3 future technologies
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According to IDC's recently published research, we have top 3 technologies for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) market. "The current ICT industry structure is inefficient and highly fragmented with numerous players competing in each market segment. At the same time, disruptive innovations continue to shift and re-define competitive markets. Given the imminent pressures on profits due to a combination of moderating industry growth worldwide, and intense global competition, industry consolidation will accelerate over the coming years as the industry...

Gamer buys $26,500 virtual land
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A 22-year-old gamer has spent $26,500 (£13,700) on an island that exists only in a computer role-playing game (RPG). The Australian gamer, known only by his gaming moniker Deathifier, bought the island in an online auction. The land exists within the game Project Entropia, an RPG which allows thousands of players to interact with each other. Entropia allows gamers to buy and sell virtual items using real cash, while fans of other titles often use auction site eBay to sell...

Windows XP SP2 Firewall shows your files and printers to every Internet user
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After you set up Windows Firewall in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may discover that anyone on the Internet can access resources on your computer when you use a dial-up connection to connect to the Internet. For example, after creating an exception in Windows Firewall for File and Printer Sharing, you may discover that anyone can access shared files and printers.

phpBB Attachment Mod: new vulnerabilities discovered
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Due to two new discovered vulnerabilities and the release of phpBB 2.0.11 a new attachment mod version has been released. Please update your Attachment Mod to version 2.3.11 as soon as possible. You are able to use the changed files only package, if you haven't modified any attachment mod files or the patch file package if you are familiar with patch files. For all others the normal package should be sufficient. Please read the provided documentation.

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