Articles about Illegal Software

'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

Anyone in the West Country yearning to dob in a work colleague for illegally downloading software should take heart that a Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) roadshow is coming to a town near you. An anti-piracy whistleblower campaign is kicking off in cider country next month, starting at an event in Bristol where FAST, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Microsoft names and shames pirate software traders

Microsoft has reached out-of-court settlements with five computer resellers that 'fessed up to illegally loading hard disks with pirated software and flogging bootleg programs. The firms were conveniently named and shamed on Thursday for Play Fair Day – previously dubbed Consumer Action Day – which the industry is using to …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
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Software pirates should offer up more booty, says BSA

Software companies should be entitled to bigger damages for the use of copied software, industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has said. Damages law needs to be changed so that companies are entitled to damages greater than the current rate of the equivalent to the cost of the software which has been copied, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2011
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BSA ‘software detox’ scheme targets illegal software

Piracy watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA) today asked British businesses to go into "software detox". The organisation has sent out Software Audit Return forms to businesses nationwide to help them uncover illegal copies of software running on their IT systems. The programme is designed to raise awareness of the …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2004
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UK.biz fined £1.8m for illegal software - BSA

UK companies paid out £1.8m ($3.34m) in fines over the last five years in settlements for illegal software use, the Business Software Alliance reports. As well as paying fines, firms caught using unlicensed software were obliged to cough up an undisclosed amount to put their software assets in order. The BSA routinely blames …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2005
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People's Republic says it will purge self of illicit software

China is to clamp down on counterfeit software installed on local and central government computers over the next year. According to Beijing-endorsed news agency Xinhua, officials expect to complete an inspection of the software used by the country’s government departments and agencies by May 2011. They will conclude their …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Dec 2010
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Small.biz loves illegal software (true)

Nearly one in five small UK businesses would consider buying illegal software. A survey of technology trends among UK SMEs, conducted for Microsoft by YouGov, shows that 17 per cent would consider breaking the law in this way, despite the obvious risks to their reputation. The Business Software Alliance says small businesses …
Startups.co.uk, 09 Dec 2004
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US software pirate fined $210K for auction sales

A US man has been fined $210,000 for selling illegal copies of software through internet auction sites. Matthew Miller of Newark, Delaware, was hit with $195K in damages and $15K in legal fees by US District Judge Susan Illston in the case brought in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Miller sold …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2009
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Unlicensed software use 'may have peaked'

The growth of illegal software use may have peaked, according to research firm IDC. It said that if current trends continue the percentage of computers running unlicensed software worldwide will be the same in 2010 as it was in 2009. IDC has produced a report on unlicensed software use for anti-piracy lobby group the Business …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 May 2010
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London Bridge Software fined for using unlicensed software

A London-based debt recovery software specialist has paid a £39,500 fine for using unlicensed software. This settles a copyright infringement claim brought by the Business Software Alliance against London Bridge Software Holdings for its illegal use of software, including Macromedia products. According to the BSA, London Bridge …
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2004
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Microsoft: Pirates at high risk of malware infection

Web-based attacks are on the rise, but according to Microsoft security researchers, the risks involved with casual browsing are nothing compared to the dangers of downloading and sharing illicit software, videos, music, and other media. In the latest edition of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, published on Monday, …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012
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Trade body doubles efforts against pirate software

Anti-piracy lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has more than doubled the number of 'take down' notices it issues to stop the distribution of pirated software. The BSA uses its own systems to track the sale of illegal software on auction sites and its distribution through peer to peer (P2P) file sharing. "In the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Oct 2009

Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements. The firm posted a statement on its popular 2345.com portal site expressing “profound apologies” to …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012
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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

Almost a half of all PCs in operation worldwide use pirated software, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The industry body came to the number after tasking research firm Ipsos Public Affairs with a poll of 15,000 users in 32 countries, albeit a tiny fraction of the more than one billion clients used across the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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Cops nab mobile net workmen for snarfing punters' data

Police in South Korea have arrested five men working as sub-contractors for the country’s two biggest mobile companies. The men were nabbed on suspicion of snarfing personal information and location data from potentially hundreds of thousands of mobile users and selling it on to private detectives. The Korea Herald reported that …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Mar 2012
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£20,000 reward for software whistleblowers

The Business Software Alliance has doubled its maximum reward for people who report the use of unlicensed software within UK businesses before the end of June. Staff can report their bosses, remain anonymous, and receive up to £20,000. "By doubling the incentives for informants we are also effectively doubling the risk for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 May 2006
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BSA flashes gums at 'online software scams'

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) claimed late last week to have issued nearly 50,000 takedown notices about BitTorrent files in the first half of this year. The group, in its latest effort to crack down on what it describes as “online software scams”, claimed (pdf) that BSA members lost an estimated $525m in sales as a …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008
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UK firm pays biggest ever fine over 'pirate' software

An unnamed UK firm has agreed to pay a record fine of £250,000 ($498K) for running unlicensed software. The company (which operates in the infrastructure and public services sector) was running unlicensed copies of Adobe, Autodesk, and Microsoft software on hundreds of PCs across several UK locations. The Business Software …
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2007
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eBay software pirates stump up $100,000

Two eBay traders agreed this week to pay a total of $100,000 in damages after they were caught selling illegal copies of Norton security software. The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), working on behalf of its member companies, settled the case against Kevin Liu and GT Tian who also agreed to stop selling …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Nov 2006
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Software piracy rates remain stubbornly stuck

Use of unlicensed software by UK businesses remains stuck at around 27 per cent, according to the latest study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Worldwide piracy rates are also steady at a higher rate of 35 per cent. UK figures have remained the same for the last three years prompting the BSA to call for tougher …
John Leyden, 15 May 2007
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Software cracking tools open the door to malware

Some of the most prevalent "hacking tools" are those which users unwittingly install themselves, according to stats from anti-virus firm Trend Micro. Trend Micro warns that, for example, key generator programs designed to unlawfully activate Nero CD burning software from a trial mode into a paid mode are often packaged with a …
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2007
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MS urges Brits to stone software pirates

We all know that software pirates and those who distribute illicit copies of top-notch applications are threatening to undermine the very foundations on which western democracy stands. Sadly, in the UK at least, if caught they stand to get little more than a fine and a slap on the wrist - a far cry from the days when you could …
Lester Haines, 08 May 2006
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‘Software detox’ deadline looms

The Business Software Alliance is reminding British businesses that the deadline for its 'software detox' campaign is fast approaching. The BSA is an anti-piracy group funded by the main software vendors. Companies have until 26 March to complete and send off their Software Audit Return. All information collected during the …
John Oates, 16 Mar 2004
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E-tailer unwittingly sold counterfeit software

A British website has been caught selling counterfeit Microsoft software which it obtained from what it thought to be a legitimate Chinese source. Microsoft was alerted when a customer of Monitorship.co.uk used Microsoft's Product Identification Service. Microsoft’s team identified the copy as counterfeit and began …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Dec 2005
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Mr Ballmer goes to Washington for China pirate gripe

Big name bosses at 12 tech companies are meeting with US lawmakers and White House officials to complain about illegal software copying in China. According to the Business Software Alliance lobby group, 79 per cent of China's computers ran on counterfeit software in 2009. "We were seeing progress over a number of years... but …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2010
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SMEs slammed for unlicensed software use

Small and medium-sized firms are the worst offenders in Britain when it comes to using unlicensed software, according to the lBusiness Software Alliance. The self-proclaimed software copyright watchdog points to its 2002/3 settlement figures which show nine out of ten UK companies that settled with it over illegal software use …
Robert Jaques, 02 Oct 2003
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BSA urges government to fight software pirates

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of PC software used in the UK is illegal, according to a survey by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The latest edition of the industry organisation's Global Piracy Study shows the rate of illegal software in Britain is unchanged from 2004. Continued "disrespect" by UK businesses towards …
John Leyden, 23 May 2006

BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

The reputation of the UK's computer repair industry took another hammering last week following a BBC Watchdog investigation into two Worcestershire-based computer repair firms. The flagship consumer affairs programme looked into Click 4 PC and Click Computers in response to reports from viewers about missing personal data, …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2012
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SAP coughs $20m to feds in Oracle slurp spat

SAP will cough up $20m to resolve the criminal side of its spat with rival Oracle over illegal software downloading by SAP's subsidiary TomorrowNow. US Department of Justice prosecutors charged the subsidiary with 12 criminal counts in connection with the unlawful slurping of Oracle software. SAP agreed to settle the case, but …
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Creatives and techies amongst worst software pirates

The Business Software Alliance hauled in almost €4m from enforcement actions against EMEA businesses last year, a 10 per cent rise on 2003. Small and medium firms in the creative industries, the hi-tech sector and professional services were the worst offenders, the software industry rottweiller declared today, as it reported …
Team Register, 04 Mar 2005
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181 Italians charged in €100m software raids

Italian police have charged 181 people, following raids on one of Europe's biggest bootleg software rings. They seized €118m worth of illegal software, music and films and estimate that the counterfeiting operation had an annual turnover of €100m. Another 10,300 people are under investigation. That's not a ring, that's a town …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jun 2003
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Play.com pummelled over purported piracy permissiveness

UPDATED Play.com has come under fire for failing to quickly clamp down on an alleged seller of pirated Microsoft software. An IT consultant advised SME clients to order copies of Office 2003 Professional but says that on arrival it was apparent they were not legit: there was no holographic strip on the COA sticker, it had a fake VBA …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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Student in '£250m' software piracy scam walks free

An electrical engineering student who acted as an online reseller of counterfeit software has been given a 140-hour community service order. Alexandros Samras, 33, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to four counts of copyright infringement and one of assisting an offender to retain the benefit of criminal conduct …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2005
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BSA software audit ‘will not trigger legal action’

The Business Software Alliance last week launched a 'software detox' initiative to help organisations check their software licenses. Today, the anti-piracy group rejected concerns that firms could incriminate themselves via the on-line audit returns. Software asset management is an integral part of good business governance. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Feb 2004
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Microsoft catches 11 UK pirate retailers

Microsoft has reached settlements with 11 companies accused of selling dodgy copies of its products. The 11 computer retailers all faced court action and admitted illegal hard disc loading and selling illegal software. Christine Throup, from PC Support in Worcester, said: “We recognise that we weren’t installing Microsoft …
John Oates, 13 Aug 2009
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OEM software scams on the rise

Among the ever-increasing payload of spam landing each day in users' inboxes, there is certainly a burgeoning market for missives promoting OEM software - programmes originally distributed with system hardware. "DONT BE SILLY TO PAY HUNDRED FOR SOFTWARES" is typical. "Take discount on Microsoft, Corel, Adobe stuff from Cortes's …
Jan Libbenga, 03 Jun 2004
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Biggest ever haul of bogus software uncovered

The largest haul of counterfeit software ever to be found in Europe has been uncovered by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in Denmark. More than 125,000 illegal CD-ROMs -- worth an estimated $237 million -- had been distributed throughout Europe before Danish police closed down the operation. Several people, all Danes, have …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jan 1999
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Novell settles 1998 software theft suit

Novell has finally settled a lawsuit that began when hundreds of CDs were stolen from a contractor in Ireland in 1998. In a statement on Monday, the company said it had been awarded a $680,000 judgment against Computer Commodity Inc (CCI) of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and its owner, Michael Jacobson. Novell brought the suit …
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Maximum sentence for SA software pirate

A South African was this week jailed for three years for selling counterfeit Microsoft software and infringing Microsoft's copyright. Craig Marnoch received the maximum sentence for his crimes at Pretoria Commercial Crime Court - a first in South African legal history - despite an earlier guilty plea. "Having established …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2005
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Microsoft shields Russia's refuseniks from police harassment

Microsoft is shaking up its licensing in Russia after reports that authorities are clamping down on the use of Redmond software by government protest groups. The company has announced a sweeping software license for protest groups and small, independent media organizations that extends to all copies of Microsoft software they …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2010
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Software piracy: UK schools a soft target

Software piracy in schools may be preoccupying Microsoft in the UK at the moment, but maybe the software behemoth would be better turning its attentions to India and China. Apropos of our stories about M$ efforts to crack down on UK schools pirating software, comes news from Reg reader Vidya Dwarakanath in Bangalore. "Back in …
Andrew Thomas, 13 Sep 2000
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One in five Brits 'buy software from spam'

More than one in five British consumers (22 per cent) has purchased software in response to spam email, a study by Forrester Research claims. The study - sponsored by the Business Software Alliance - found that a substantial minority of punters are quite happy to make junk mail purchases across a broad range of products. Other …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2004
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BSA deploys imaginary pirate software detector vans

The Business Software Alliance aka The Pirate Busters is growing so frustrated in its hopeless efforts to cut down on software piracy that it has decided propaganda and misinformation is the way forward. Visitors to Glasgow Central Station yesterday were surprised to be confronted by a Ford Transit van with a small radar and …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Nov 2000
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Software piracy down, but piracy losses up

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of software in use in UK last year was pirated. The figure is down two percentage points from 29 per cent in 2003, but still represents a huge loss to software developers according to a global software piracy study by IDC, sponsored by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Thirty-five percent …
John Leyden, 18 May 2005
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Victims of software piracy join forces

A cross-industry group today called for the UK legal system to be reformed to crack down on software piracy. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) teamed up with groups in the music, audio-visual, retail, manufacturing and PC games industries today to form the Alliance against Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Alliance). The group …
Linda Harrison, 08 Jul 1999
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SIIA slaps lawsuits on eight eBay Adobe sellers

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today filed suit (pdf) in California against eight people for "knowingly selling illegal copies" of Adobe software on eBay. eBay has a woeful record in keeping dodgy dealers at bay, so ambushing suspect merchants is a sensible tactic for the software industry. The SIIA says …
Drew Cullen, 20 Mar 2008
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Software pirates still at large in UK

One in three of all business software applications is being used illegally in the UK, according to the latest research from the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Software piracy in the UK cost industry £290 million ($465 million) last year -- an increase of £80 million ($130 million) on the figures for 1997. And according to the …
Tim Richardson, 26 May 1999
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Software distie ordered to pay piracy damages, goes titsup

UK software distie Infinite Global Solutions has been forced into liquidation with debts of more than £1 million. The liquidation follows a court order to pay Microsoft an undisclosed damages settlement in relation to Infinite Global Solutions' dealings in counterfeit and illegal software. It is unclear to what extent this …
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2004
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Software piracy police bust AOL UK

Red-faced executives at AOL's London offices have been busted for using illegal software after the industry enforcer, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), moved in after an anonymous tip-off. AOL Bertelsmann Online -- the UK arm of AOL, jointly funded by German media giant Bertelsmann -- was caught red-handed using unlicensed …
Tim Richardson, 30 Nov 1998
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BSA fires off writs against online resellers

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has begun an international clampdown against people selling illegitimate software online. Firms offering allegedly pirated software to unsuspecting punters in the US, UK, Austria, and Germany have been sued as part of the BSA's wider fight against software piracy. The defendant in the US …
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2007