Articles about Illegal Software

Of course you can text and call while driving – it's perfectly safe

We are often lectured not to talk or text while driving, yet increasingly, our cars are doing it all the time. The connected car is finally here, and it is the ultimate distracted driver. While getting you from A to B, it is also monitoring its own tyre pressure and adjusting its suspension accordingly. It is ready to call the …
Robin Birtstone, 21 Oct 2015

'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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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Spotify founder hints at video, P2P sharing, world domination

If you don't know what the fuss is about Spotify, you probably haven't used it. The company's co-founder Daniel Ek was at Music House last week, and treated attendees of the Music Publishers' AGM to the frankest public interview about Spotify I've yet heard. I also caught up with him after the session. It all adds up to the best …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2009
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BSA hijacks Somali pirate hype

As the world's media continues to follow the scourge of piracy off the coast of Somalia, perhaps it's time to take another look at the label of "pirate" for copyright thieves. It's an oddly accepted title on both sides in the debate on illegal software and content. Sure, some have adopted the name in pseudo-jest while others …
Austin Modine, 14 Apr 2009
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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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eBay auction fraudster jailed for four years

An Oregon man who auctioned counterfeit Adobe software on eBay under a variety of false identities has been jailed for four years. Jeremiah Mondello, 23, of Eugene, Oregon, was also sentenced to a further three years on probation following his release and 130 hours of community service a year for three years at a sentencing …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2008
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Microsoft urges resellers to play it straight, beef up revs

Microsoft has claimed that each dollar it “loses” to software piracy equals $5.50 in “lost opportunities” to the firm’s channel partners. A Microsoft-sponsored white paper (pdf) released by IT analyst house IDC yesterday highlights the effects of copyright infringement on the software ecosystem across the tech industry. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2008
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Two arrested over piracy at computer fair

Police and trading standards officers in Yorkshire have seized counterfeit goods and equipment at a Bradford computer fair. The full retail value of the goods would have been £1m, they said. The raid was carried out at a weekend computer fair in Bradford and involved the seizure of counterfeit software and machinery to 'chip' …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 May 2008
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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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Dutch regulator slaps spyware purveyors with €1m fine

Telecoms watchdog OPTA has fined three Dutch firms and their two directors a total of €1m for the illegal distribution of spyware. It is the first time OPTA has imposed fines for spreading malicious Trojans, and has been called "one of the biggest cases of illegal software crime", by the regulator. In 2005, the two unnamed …
Jan Libbenga, 18 Dec 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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AT&T turns screws on iPhone unlocker

UniquePhones has pulled its iPhone unlocking service after receiving calls from lawyers claiming to represent AT&T and threatening to sue the Belfast-based firm for copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination. The call apparently came in the middle of the night, UK time, within hours of the intended launch of the …
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2007
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American sent to the slammer for faking Windows certificates

On Wednesday, an American man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for pirating copies of Microsoft's Windows operating system - and Redmond wants the world to know about it. After an FBI investigation and a trial in the US District Court for Northern Georgia, Justin Harrison is the first person sentenced under a new …
Cade Metz, 09 Aug 2007
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DrinkorDie warez leader jailed for 51 months

It took a while, but US Customs today got their man: Hew Raymond Griffiths, a ringleader of the infamous warez group DrinkorDie, was sentenced today to 51 months in a US prison. To recap, Griffiths, a 44 year-old British national, specialised in cracking software and distributing working versions over the internet - for free. …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2007
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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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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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P2P pinball lawyers say ignorance is no defence

The lawyers pursuing 500 file sharers for allegedly distributing illegal copies of computer game Dream Pinball 3D have accepted that some of its targets may have been unaware their machine was being used to distribute illegal software. However, alleged perpetrators will still be charged £300 on the assumption they were guilty …
Mark Ballard, 17 Apr 2007
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The Federation goes soft on file sharing

The Federation, the UK trade association that prosecutes people for copying software, is letting individual file sharers off the hook and going after corporate software pirates instead. It used electronic surveillance techniques last year to track down bedroom file-sharers in a £100,000, 10-month investigation it called " …
Mark Ballard, 21 Mar 2007
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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
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Microsoft's SAM carrot

In an interesting twist in the battle against software piracy, Microsoft UK is promoting the benefits of Software Asset Management (SAM) under a scheme which rewards honesty - richly. It says the voluntary self-start SAM programme it introduced last November can save businesses a significant sum on licensing fees - in addition …
Phil Manchester, 21 Feb 2007
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PayPal repels Reg reader over piracy refunds

A disgruntled Reg reader got in touch with us because he'd unwittingly bought some counterfeit X-box games. Being an honest fella he rang PayPal to ask for payment to be stopped because the goods were no good. But to qualify, PayPal insisted he get a letter on headed notepaper from a qualified third party stating the games …
John Oates, 15 Dec 2006
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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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Symantec claws $100k from Calif. eBay pirates

Two eBay traders agreed this week to pay $100,000 in damages after they were caught selling illegal copies of Norton security software. The Software & 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 illegal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Nov 2006
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Microsoft will police licenses through SMS

Microsoft is beefing up policing for Windows licensing after going back to the drawing board on its asset management strategy. Upcoming editions of Systems Management Server (SMS) will introduce metadata and workflow tools and capabilities for management of software licenses in a three-phase plan. Starting with an SMS 2003 R2 …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2006
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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
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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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£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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Crackdown on corporate P2P users in Britain

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is about to take action against a number of companies in the UK that have been caught making illegal copies of software available for download from their networks – which may come as a complete surprise to the companies. The federation isn't naming the companies yet. Director general …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Mar 2006
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Your staff will grass you up, warns BSA

Sixty-four per cent of UK employees would blow the whistle on their employers if internal reports of illegal or inappropriate activities were ignored, according to figures released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Twenty-seven percent of the 2004 adults surveyed by YouGov claimed they would report cases of illegal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Mar 2006
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Microsoft reveals piracy battle plan for the UK

Microsoft has launched a campaign targeting software piracy in the UK. Called 'Keep IT Real', the campaign aims to reduce the UK piracy level for Windows by five per cent to 11.7 per cent within three years. The company says its goal would help the UK economy. "Keep IT Real will help us to address the problem in a number of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Feb 2006
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Microsoft sues resellers over MAPs 'abuse'

Microsoft has filed 10 lawsuits against resellers and individuals in the US, accusing them of software piracy. Seven lawsuits have been filed against nine individuals from California, Maryland, New York, Texas and Virginia, alleging breach of a software agreement by which the individuals obtained a number of Microsoft Action …
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On the licensing chain gang

I've installed some software today. All perfectly legal and paid for, and registered online. So that's another DVD case I'd better not lose, because it has my serial number on it in case I ever need to reinstall. But it's all a bit like the supermarkets getting people to pack and deliver their own groceries. Why should my CPU …
David Norfolk, 11 Dec 2005
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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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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