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'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

More than one in ten of Blighty's small biz owners admit to being shameless software pirates, the Business Software Alliance reckons. The industry organ arrived at this stat by extrapolating research from Vanson Bourne covering just 250 SMEs, finding that 12 per cent admitted to side-stepping licensing rules. It found that 18 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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UK's '£1.2bn software pirates' mostly 'blokes under 34'

The BSA is again bemoaning the lack of deterrents for software piracy after the commercial worth of unlicensed programs in the UK for 2011 remained at £1.2bn, unchanged on the previous year. This equates to a piracy rate of 26 per cent as more than one in four applications installed on users' machines was illegal, the software …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2012

Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

A Chinese national has been handed a 12 year jail sentence in the United States after being convicted of selling more than $100m of pirated software from his home in Chengdu. Xiang Li, 36, was sentenced in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday after pleading guilty to copyright infringement and wire fraud charges …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Jun 2013
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Licensing snafu leaves Windows 8 open to PIRATES

Microsoft's decision to offer the Windows Media Center Pack for Windows 8 as a free download may be coming back to bite it, as software pirates have reportedly discovered a way to use the add-on to permanently activate pilfered copies of Windows. The trick, as a few Reddit users discovered, involves activating Windows 8 …
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2012
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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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Legal attack dogs chase software pirates from eBay

Adobe and Symantec have unleashed legal attack dogs on nine individuals accused of selling pirated software on eBay. The lawsuits, filed in US District Court in the Northern District of California, are the biggest round filed to date by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). They're part of the SIIA's Auction …
Dan Goodin, 14 Feb 2008
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Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

The crackdown on torrent tracking sites such as BitTorrent has encouraged software pirates to make greater use of file-hosting websites. Sites such as RapidShare, MegaUpload or Hotfile allow anonymous users to upload large files without charge. The services are intended for personal video file and backup storage but also have …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2009
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Software pirates put sizeable dent in UK economy

The UK is missing out on more than £1bn in lost taxes and the creation of over 13,000 new high-paying jobs over four years if we all took software piracy more seriously, according to a new report. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) claimed today in its annual "Global Software Piracy Study" – which was carried out by analyst …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2008
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Developing world buoys up software pirates

Software piracy in the UK has fallen for the first time in three years, albeit slightly. However, the worldwide counterfeit software rate climbed to 38 per cent in 2007. A survey conducted by analyst firm IDC on behalf of The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has shown that, despite huge efforts from the likes of Microsoft and …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008

Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Ditching dodgy software can rescue not just the UK from its financial worries, but the entire world, or so says the latest study from the Business Software Alliance. The BSA, comprising vendors including Microsoft, CA, Adobe, Apple and others, commissioned biz school INSEAD (once known as the Institut Européen d'Administration …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013
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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

Ubisoft pirates game fix from pirates

Companies that take an iron fist approach to fighting software piracy are generally best served by not lifting a pirate group's code themselves to fix their own product. Ubisoft, the French video game developer and publisher, was recently caught with its pants down, releasing a pirated hack as an official fix. Ubisoft sells the …
Austin Modine, 18 Jul 2008
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FAST cracks down on pirates near Penzance

A Cornish roofer has become the latest target in the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)'s ongoing piracy smackdown. FAST said yesterday that it had busted an "unlawful software ring" at Philip Rogers' home in Redruth, Cornwall. An investigation was launched after Primal Pictures discovered Rogers was allegedly selling …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2007
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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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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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Dawn raids target software pirates

Police and Trading Standards officers launched a series of dawn raids this morning in an orchestrated crackdown on software pirates. More than 20 people have been arrested after officers raided addresses up and down the country. Codenamed "Operation Andrew", officials seized more than 8,500 pirate master CDs and copying …
Tim Richardson, 28 Oct 2002
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BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

The Business Software Alliance claimed yesterday that software piracy in the US is costing the industry $11.4bn and local government $1.7bn in lost taxes. The software multinational lobbying group reckoned that although four out of five pieces of software is legally bought in the US the remaining counterfeit material results in …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008
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Software pirates go straight to gaol

A bunch of UK-based crooks who dared to cross Microsoft are today pondering their crimes behind bars. Donald Hodgson, Simon Buckley and Andrew Billington were imprisoned in April for four, seven and 12 months respectively. They were responsible for counterfeiting a whole range of software, including Office 97 professional, …
Linda Harrison, 19 May 1999
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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

Microsoft drags 9 resellers to court in fresh piracy blitz

Microsoft has its sights trained on another bunch of Chinese software pirates, this time pitting its formidable resources against nine resellers it said installed illegal copies of Windows onto PCs they sold. Redmond said it started proceedings against the resellers in seven cities across the People’s Republic including Shenzhen …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2012
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US super-pirates plead guilty

Three men have pleaded guilty to copyright charges following the Justice Department's largest-ever investigation into computer piracy. Albert Bryndza, 32, from New York, Seth Kleinberg, 26, from Los Angeles, and Jeffrey Lermanm, 20, a student from Long Island all admitted distributing thousands of X-box and Playstation games. …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2005
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Software pirates scuppered by Y2K

Well done Business Week’s Dennis Berman for his interesting take on the Y2K fiasco. Millions of users of bootlegged software will be unable to get their bug fixes from software publishers, he says. And this could cause grief for software-legit companies doing business with them. Worse still, "huge swathes of the world economy …
Drew Cullen, 19 Mar 1999
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Half of UK schools are software pirates

Almost half the nation's schools are unwittingly using dodgy software. This shock revelation comes via a report from Microsoft, a well known software vendor that likes doing business with the education market. Half of all primary schools and one in four secondary schools claimed to be blissfully unaware that it was illegal to …
Linda Harrison, 11 Jan 2000
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Time for Europe to stamp out software pirates, BSA says

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- …
Linda Harrison, 12 Oct 1999
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Play.com pummelled over purported piracy permissiveness

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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SIAA sues auction site pirates

The Software and Information Industry (SIAA) has filed lawsuits against two alleged software pirates which auctioned their goods online. The suits against Michael Chu, California, and Julian Kish, Chicago, were filed yesterday by the SIAA on behalf of Adobe, Macromedia and Alias/Wavefront - a division of Silicon Graphics. They …
Linda Harrison, 26 Jan 2001
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Software pirates cost $9.7bn in Europe - BSA

The software piracy rate in the UK hit 29 per cent last year, with the rate of bootlegging in Europe also on the rise. Piracy in the EU region is running at 37 per cent, according to the Business Software Alliance's Global Piracy Study 2003, out today. This equates to a cost to software publishers of more than $9.7bn in Europe …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004
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Singapore pirates flog WinXP for $2.75

Singapore software pirates have been busted selling Windows XP for as little as $2.75. More than 4,000 illegal copies of Microsoft software have been seized in seven police raids across the island, CNET reports. Windows XP Home edition was going for $2.75, and the Professional version was altogether pricier at $5.50. More than …
Robert Blincoe, 09 Nov 2001
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Software pirates cost industry $11 billion

Global software piracy is on the increase costing the industry almost $11 billion*. The worst offender is Vietnam where an estimated 97 per cent of all software is unlicensed. It was followed by other offenders including China where 94 per cent of software is illegal, Indonesia (89 per cent), Ukraine (89 per cent) and Russia ( …
Tim Richardson, 10 Jun 2002
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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 pirate gets seven years

The owner of one of the largest software piracy websites in the US has been handed a record sentence of seven years in prison. Nathan Peterson, who ran the illegal website iBackups, copied and sold upwards of $20m worth of computer software. He used Google ad words extensively to help generate visits to his website. High- …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Sep 2006
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Novell nails pirates to the mast

Following hard on the heels of recent success in the courts against unscrupulous software pirates Novell is now letting its lawyers loose on a New York company accused of copyright infringement false advertising and dilution of trademarks, among other claims. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern …
Tim Richardson, 05 Nov 1998
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Pirates found in drilling company

A Yorkshire drilling equipment manufacturer was fined £17,500 for using unlicensed software. Miko Oilfield Supplies was targeted in an investigation into illegal software by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The global software trade body had identified the manufacturing industry as a likely haven of pirated software. It …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Jul 1999
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Pirates named and shamed on Web

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has masterminded a scheme to name and shame software pirates on the Web. It has created a substitute Web page to slap on sites it has closed down for selling unlicensed software. The page, set with a brick-like background, declares: "This site has been disabled by the Internet Service …
Linda Harrison, 13 Apr 2000
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Alleged software piracy CADs collared

Two people were arrested last week for allegedly masterminding a multi-million dollar software software piracy ring following a joint operation by Greek and British police. The duo, one Greek and one Briton, are accused of selling counterfeit computer aided design software for $905, much less than the going rate, Reuters reports …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2004
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Microsoft gives pirates thumbs up, and open source gets thumbs down

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Billy MacInnes, 15 Mar 2007
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Major UK software pirates found guilty

The National Crime Squad and Microsoft have secured guilty verdicts on a London-based four man software counterfeit crew. The gang recorded profits in excess of £1.5 million. Three of the four men are awaiting sentencing next month after being found guilty by an Old Bailey Jury on Friday. The fourth jumped bail and legged it …
Robert Blincoe, 19 Mar 2001
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EA, Sony swoop on Paradigm pirates

Games software companies Sony and Electronic Arts (EA) today announced they had jointly begun legal action against alleged members of a software piracy gang dubbed Paradigm. Both companies say Paradigm is responsible for trading illegal copies of their games over the Internet. The dynamic duo -- with the help of US Marshals -- …
Tony Smith, 06 Aug 1999
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Games pirates get slapped wrists

Manufacturers and industry bodies were in uproar today after a Sheffield gang of software pirates was let off the hook when trading standards ran out of cash to prosecute. £1 million worth of counterfeit CD computer games, some of which were believed to be for Sony Playstations, were seized last October along with £30,000 of …
Linda Harrison, 06 Jan 1999
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Federation borgs asset org

The Federation Against Software Theft is joining forces with Investors in Software - which promotes the use of software asset management. The two organisations will keep their brands and their different focuses. Historically the Federation has lobbied government for stronger action against software pirates and helped bust …
John Oates, 01 Sep 2008
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MS spells it out: pirates can, can't install WinXP Sp2

Fresh from killing off, then swiftly reviving, NGSCB/Palladium, Microsoft appears to be going for the double with an about-face on WinXP SP2 for pirates. Last week the company seemed to be giving the impression that altruism had triumphed over righteous indignation, today, it is denying it. But not, as far as we can see, …
John Lettice, 11 May 2004
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Microsoft names and shames Net pirates

Microsoft is suing alleged software pirates across six US states for selling illegal goods via the Internet. According to Microsoft, three of the defendants were flogging fake software through online auction sites, and at least two relied on spamming via email. All used the Inernet as their primary forum for distributing the …
Linda Harrison, 09 Dec 1999
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£40m software piracy ring smashed in Italy

Police have smashed a counterfeit software ring in Italy worth almost £40m in what is described as one of the largest and most organised cases of software piracy in Europe. One person has been charged and a further 10 suspects fingered as the Italian finance police (Guardia di Finanza) and the Business Software Alliance (BSA) …
Tim Richardson, 05 Nov 2002
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Software pirates stole my stealth plane

Yesterday the aviation industry launched a project to develop a quieter plane. An investment of £2.5m over three years, they said. Our survey said: Howdy Folks, The answer already exists, the B-2. Since this is a joint production of Boeing and Northrup-Grumman (or did someone swallow them up), it would be instructive to look at …
Lucy Sherriff, 28 May 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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Trading Standards stomp on pirates

Trading Standards have been stomping on software pirates across the UK. The guys have seized suspect hooky software which would have a value of £141,220 if it was legit. Here's a selection of recent collar feeling action: Eleven traders are under suspicion of being software pirates following a multi-agency investigation …
Robert Blincoe, 27 Jun 2001
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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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Car boot software seller arrested after raid

Trading Standards has been on the warpath over pirated software again, this time probing the underground world of car booting*. A TS swoop at Sunday's car boot sale in Tensely, Derbyshire, netted more than 2,700 items of counterfeit goods worth an estimated £60,000, according to the European Leisure Software Publishers …
Linda Harrison, 23 Jul 2001
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Small.biz lacks software licencing policy

Forty-four percent of Britain's small and medium-sized businesses lack any form of software licensing policy, exposing them to legal and security problems, according to a survey by PC World Business. The survey of 750 IT managers of businesses up to 500 employees also revealed that more than half of small businesses (58 per …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Sep 2005
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Time doles out £40 million of free software to schools

UK PC builder Time Computers has agreed to hand out more than £40 million of software from its Free Software for Schools promotion. The IT giveaway, run with Time subsidiary supanet, generated over 35,000 orders for free software from more than 23,000 schools between September and March. So far the company has given away more …
Linda Harrison, 26 Apr 2000