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Has Microsoft gone soft on piracy?

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...

Legal software in Ukraine: Problems of the making Computer piracy in Ukraine is prosecuted

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...

Five Myths About Software Copy Protection

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

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

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

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...

Piracy group resurrects after being raided

In April of this year, a piracy crackdown operation, codenamed ”Operation Fastlink”, was launched in several countries including United States, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Denmark and France. The entire crackdown produced over 120 searches, over 100 individuals had been identified and over 200 computers had been seized. The raids targeted major piracy groups, one of which was the 17 year old group Fairlight. Fairlight is one of the oldest and most respected release groups on the "scene". After the raids,...

Despite piracy, BMI posts record year

One of the largest music companies in the world, BMI, has posted record profits for the 2004 fiscal year despite piracy and fair use. BMI reported revenues of $673 million, an increase of $43 million (6.7%) over the prior year. Out of this figure, BMI generated royalties of more than $573 million for its songwriters, composers and music publishers, an increase of $40 million (7.5%) over the prior year. CEO Frances W. Preston said both the revenue and royalty distributions...

Scottish man jailed for piracy

Scottish man was jailed for 9 months after being accused of pirating £750,000 worth of Software. Brendan Timoney, 40, of the village of Coatbridge, in north Lanarkshire pleaded guilty to eight charges brought against him at Airdrie Sheriff Court. He had been selling Microsoft and Adobe software illegally. He carried out his actions at his brothers and mothers homes as well as his own. Both his brother Paul, and his Mother Rose Margaret were also charged but found innocent as there was no evidence against them.

What is Piracy?

Over the past several years, advances in computer software have brought us time-saving business programs, educational software that teaches basic skills and sophisticated subjects, graphics programs that have revolutionized the design industry, Internet applications that help connect us with other computer users, and an increasingly complex variety of computer games to entertain us. As the software industry grows, everyone stands to benefit. Compared to literature, music and movies, computer software is a relatively new form of intellectual property. Nevertheless, software is protected under the very same laws that govern music, literature, movies and other copyrighted content. Copying software illegally is...