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BSA name-and-shame tactic may have backfired

The processes – or lack of them – applied by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to determine if crimes against software were committed have been placed under the spotlight. Call management software developer Tiger Communications was rapped on the knuckles late last month for using software illegally and BSA boasted it had …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2011
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft. Dong Zhengwei accused the company of hacking into people's computers. He said: "I respect the right of Microsoft to …
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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Windows 7 Ultimate product activation hacked?

You could get a free (and illegal) copy of Windows 7 Ultimate if reports of a leaked OEM product activation key are accurate. According to MyDigitalLife, a leaked OEM copy of Windows 7 was posted to a Chinese forum, with the OEM's key then identified and snatched. An OEM activation key will unlock multiple copies, and it's …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2009
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Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone

A man has been arrested in Australia on suspicion of filming The Simpsons Movie in a cinema on his mobile phone and uploading it to the internet. The unnamed 21-year-old from Sydney has been charged with copyright theft and could face up to five years in jail. An illegal copy of the hit movie was available on a streaming …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Aug 2007
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Windows Media Player sound files 'edited with warez'

PC Welt, the German computer magazine, claims that Microsoft has shipped its popular Windows Media Player with sound files that are edited with an illegal copy of SoundForge, a commercially available Sony program for manipulating audio. In one of the WAV files PC Welt discovered a reference to SoundForge 4.5 and a user called ' …
Jan Libbenga, 13 Nov 2004
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Microsoft product phones home every day

Microsoft has admitted that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) will phone Redmond every day - something it neglected to tell users before they installed it. WGA is designed to detect pirated copies of MS software but is also creating some false positives - two UK dealers have contacted the Reg to report customers complaining that …
John Oates, 08 Jun 2006
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BMG to punt cheap, no-frills CDs

From next month record company BMG will introduce cut-price and luxury versions of the same CDs in Germany in an attempt to boost record sales, CEO Maarten Steinkamp told Der Spiegel. The no-frills version, which Kleinkamp calls "an anti-piracy CD", will look identical to a home-burn CD, with just the title on the disc. …
Jan Libbenga, 06 Jul 2004
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Vista DRM broken already?

Two controversial aspects of Microsoft's Vista were conspicuous by their absence at yesterday's launch event - neither digital rights management nor the way Microsoft will shut down or reduce the functionality of software it considers to be an illegal copy were mentioned. But Microsoft's DRM protection has already been broken …
John Oates, 31 Jan 2007
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Music CD piracy grew 25% in 2000

The number of pirated CDs sold worldwide soared by 25 per cent in 2000, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). And the rise is blamed on low-budget CD-R copying operations. The IFPI's report says "pirate CD-R sales worldwide nearly tripled last year to 165 million units and now account …
Robert Blincoe, 13 Jun 2001
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Health warning for Windows Media Player upgraders

Microsoft has warned that traces of the 'illegal' copy of Windows Media Player 8 could botch the authorised upgrade from Media Player 7 to 7.1. The contraband, beta Version 8 is deemed 'illegal' - it's the one that's only supposed to be bundled with Windows XP/2002, and that isn't out yet. Enterprising users disentangled the …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2001
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Michael Jackson ‘speechless’ on P2P jail bill

Michael Jackson has slammed a proposed US bill which could see music file traders jailed for downloading just one illegal copy. In a statement, the superstar said: "I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music. It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail. "Here in …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jul 2003
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Schools hit by pirated Novell software

Novell UK has reached a six-figure settlement with GTi Networks, after the Salisbury-based reseller was found selling illegally copied software. Novell uncovered sales of the counterfeit copies of NetWare to more than 100 establishments across the country. The scam had been running for more than four years and had mostly …
Linda Harrison, 13 Jan 1999
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Spyware concerns over fast selling PC game

Fast-selling PC game Black & White has generated a storm of controversy on messaging boards this week amid concerns that it is being used to spy on gamers. Black & White sends information about a user's computer (including IP number, registry details and hardware configuration) to a server run by the game's developer Lionhead …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2001
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WGA, NPfIT and 'rude' councillors polarise readers

Last week's coverage of new and exciting cock-ups in the NHS's NPfIT attracted its usual wide variety of readers, including some folks over at Connecting for Health. They wrote to us to explain that we'd got it all wrong, guv. (NpfIT responds to Reg criticism). Far from being a waste of public resources, the £19m of taxpayers …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Jun 2006
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MPEG founder rallies DRM players

After a few hours of viewing the new digital forum that MPEG committee founder Leonardo Chiariglione has set up this week, Faultline reached the same conclusion that the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reached about Earth. Mostly Harmless. Chiariglione managed once in the 1980s to get the world to take seriously enough a …
Faultline, 08 Oct 2003