Feeds

Time for Europe to stamp out software pirates, BSA says

Flog 'em. And if that don't work, make 'em walk the plank

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today called on Tony Blair to get tougher with software pirates. The group sent letters to the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of member states – including our very own prime minister – to spur them into action to combat counterfeiting. The letters asked for a five-point plan to be put in place at EU level, via the BSA's Green Paper on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Single Market. The BSA said tougher penalties needed to be adopted. "To combat piracy effectively, it simply must be made more risky, embarrassing and costly to pirate than to obey the law," it stated. It also asked for the creation of an EU agency to handle piracy and a crack down on factories where CDs were copied – including the implementation of plant licensing and mandatory identification (SID) codes. Would-be candidates to the EU should be vetted for piracy issues, it said. And the state sector should set an example to the private sector and establish policies to stop the use of illegal computer software within its institutions. The BSA said it was waiting for a response. Well, at least it should keep spin doctor Alistair Campbell busy for a day or two.®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.