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Software asset management becomes an ISO standard

A new international standard has been produced to enable organisations to prove they are performing Software Asset Management (SAM) to a standard sufficient to satisfy corporate governance and to aid industry and vendors with software compliance. Published by ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) and IEC ( …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 May 2006
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High Court approves software patents

Technology firms will be able to patent software programs following a High Court decision on Friday that could see the UK having closer ties with Europe when it comes to the handling of computer-related inventions. The Honourable Mr Justice Kitchin ruled in a case brought by five small UK businesses that the Intellectual …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2008
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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

US politicians are reportedly poring over complaints by Mozilla that Microsoft will block access to rival browsers in Windows 8 on ARM, aka Windows RT. The powerful Senate Judiciary Committee plans to “take a look” at the allegations made by the Firefox maker last week, which were backed up by Google. Whispers of a probe …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2012
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Chinese crack down on 'money-sucker' Androids

The Chinese government is to crack down on "money sucking" mobiles: Android-based handsets that subsidise themselves by stealing from the customer's account. The crackdown aims to involve network operators, target retailers and ensure that selling handsets featuring pre-installed Trojans is explicitly illegal, according to the …
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2011

Microsoft UK cracks another head over grey software

Microsoft has collared another pirate in the UK for flogging grey software on eBay. The software giant has scored £35,000 in damages against an internet trader for copyright violations and illegally importing cheap American software to Europe. R J Campbell and his company R J Campbell Ltd, which traded as "Software Price Beater …
Austin Modine, 02 Oct 2007
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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

One day after Apple's stock suffered its biggest hammering in four years, interviews with company CEO Tim Cook appeared in both video and print covering a broad range of issues, including Apple's plans to move some manufacturing to the US and Cook's reasons for showing iOS chief Scott Forstall the door. When asked by NBC's Brian …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2012
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Software as a service needs a clear service level agreement

Software houses must create a whole new kind of service level agreement (SLA) if they start selling their software as a service rather than a product, according to a body which represents software developers. Software developers are increasingly offering their products as an on-demand service with full support rather than …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Feb 2007
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PwC: software patents threat to Europe

Services and accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers has formally identified software patenting as a threat to the growth and success of ICT in Europe. In a report prepared this summer for the Dutch EU presidency, PwC lists ten ICT breakthroughs it says are needed to resume the pace of growth Europe experienced during the IT …
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Sep 2004
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Cut software piracy, boost UK economy

A 10 per cent reduction in the UK's software piracy rate would result in 34,000 new jobs, £11bn of economic growth and a £2.8bn increase in tax revenues, according to a study commissioned by the Business Software Alliance. The study – a global assessment of the IT sector’s economic impact, carried out by International Data …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Dec 2005
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UK PC games industry: What recession?

The PC games industry stayed buoyant in the first quarter, with sales up five per cent on the previous year. Brits spent almost £219 million on computer and video games during the first three months of 2001, according to research by trade association the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA). In terms of …
Linda Harrison, 05 Jun 2001

OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

Twenty-five years ago IBM unveiled its master plan to reclaim the PC industry. In November of that year the first floppy diskettes of OS/2 version 1.0 trickled out. Microsoft had co-developed the software with Big Blue. The world would look very different if the plan succeeded. And the world was already changing significantly. …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2012
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What would a 'software guarantee' look like in practice?

I commented favourably on Managed Object's "software guarantee" here - but also commented that such a "guarantee" has to be worded carefully if it isn't to have unintended consequences. Well, Managed Objects has sent me a sample contract which it would use as a basis for "milestone payments" from its customers. Milestone …
David Norfolk, 09 Apr 2007
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Red Hat CEO lambasts ‘feudal’ software industry

"In most businesses in the free market the customer is in charge. But in the computer software business a company can behave like a feudal landlord. They rule by controlling access to knowledge." The Guardian 18 September. Red Hat's Bob Young certainly knows how to give good quote, and he's a history graduate to boot. And it …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 1999
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Automatic software licence checks are 'users' choice'

Most business enterprises are finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of software licence compliance, with 72 per cent of firms manually tracking compliance, or carrying out no tracking at all, according to a report from the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). The report, “Key Trends in Software …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Oct 2005
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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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Fine unlicensed software users, says BSA

Software industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called for government to mandate stiff penalties for companies using unlicensed software. The organisation says it wants a "harder enforcement stick" to ensure compliance. The group, which represents many major software publishers, says the current legal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2006
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SAP locks down co-CEOs

Germany application software giant SAP has locked in its current co-CEOs to run the company for the next six years, making a commitment to the long-term strategy and tag-team management of the company. Back in February 2010, Leo Apotheker, now president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was shown the door by SAP by not having his …
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Software sales start climbing again

Economic uncertainty and low business confidence in software spending are hurting software sales, but the sector will experience an upturn in 2003. The software industry is expected to return to positive growth this year after a poor 2002, according to research firm Dataquest. It forecast that the sector would have worldwide …
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Oracle v Google could clear way for copyright on languages, APIs

Computer languages and software interfaces may fall under copyright protection if Oracle succeeds in its Java lawsuit against Google. Amazingly, "copyfighters" appear to have paid little or no notice to this rare extension of copyright into new realms. But the consequences and costs for the software industry could be enormous. …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2012
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Sun insures software model with Blue Cross win

Sun Microsystems has found life for its Java Enterprise System (JES) software at a large health insurance company, giving a boost to one of the most aggressive and risky pricing strategies in the software industry. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is exactly the type of company Sun hoped to woo with the JES …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Jan 2004
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Smartfundit.com launches software financing market

Traditionally organisations have "bought" the software they use, although the range of licensing options available can be enough to confuse anyone. However, on both sides of the IT world (vendor and customer), surprisingly little attention has been given to acquiring the right to use software on a "subscription" basis rather …
Tony Lock, 30 Jan 2006
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40 per cent of business software installed illegally

Nearly 40 per cent of all business software installed during 1998 was done so illegally, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) have reported. In a survey conducted jointly by both trade organisations, an estimated 615 million new applications were installed across the …
Tony Smith, 08 Jun 1999
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Software biz attacks BBC education ‘stranglehold’

British educational software publishers are banding together to fight BBC's plans to "monopolise" digital broadcasting in schools. They accuse the BBC of aiming to "dominate classrooms across the country by owning the process for creating and delivering the digital learning environment for children from 5 to 16 years old". If …
Drew Cullen, 07 Feb 2002
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Software sales growth slows – Gartner

Software sales growth is slowing - to less than half that of last year. Spending has climbed by just six per cent in the first half of 2001 according to analysts Gartner Dataquest. Last year worldwide software spending increased by 18 per cent. For all of 2001, new licence revenues are expected to rake in $77 billion, a growth …
Robert Blincoe, 27 Sep 2001
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Poland scuppers EU software patent directive

The Polish government has withdrawn its support for the European software patent directive. At a cabinet meeting in Warsaw yesterday, officials concluded that the directive does not meet its original objective of limiting patents on software and business methods in Europe. According to a statement from the FFII (Foundation for …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Nov 2004
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AMD tells software companies to re-think dual core

AMD has urged ISVs to re-examine their software licensing policies for dual-core systems, the same day IBM reportedly said it will pursue separate policies for x86 and its own Power5 processor. While Oracle has declared it will treat dual core chips as separate processors, and price its software accordingly, Red Hat, Sun …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2005
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New boss of tif calls for software that works

The new chairman of tif, the UK body for enterprise IT users, is calling on the software industry to pull its socks up and improve quality. Denise Plumpton was previously UK IT director for TNT and is soon to start a new job as IT chief for handset maker Sendo. She will continue tif's campaign to encourage software vendors to …
John Oates, 06 May 2004
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Software piracy ‘kingpin’ captured in Bangkok

A Ukrainian man alleged to be the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar computer software piracy racket has been captured in Thailand. Maksym Vysochansky, 25, who was arrested in Bangkok Monday evening, allegedly sold US$ 3 million worth of computer software, "resulting in damage worth up to $1 billion to the US software …
John Leyden, 23 May 2003
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Java jury finds Google guilty of infringement: Now what?

No judge has tried harder than Judge Alsup, presiding over the Oracle-versus-Google case, to persuade two warring parties not to go to court. But he hadn't counted for the egos of the two billionaire Larrys. The jury seems to affirm Alsup's instincts were correct. At the weekend, after five days of deliberating, the panel turned …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2012
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Cut software piracy and jumpstart ‘stagnant’ economies

Clamping down on software piracy could help "jumpstart the world's stagnant and struggling economies" by creating new jobs and business opportunities. So says a major new economic impact study of 57 countries by IDC on behalf of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) which found 40 per cent of all software breaches copyright. …
Tim Richardson, 03 Apr 2003
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Linux ecosystem spins around Red Hat

By Silicon Valley standards, Red Hat is a loser. It doesn't have an app store (though it once tried to create one). Its chief executive isn't a fresh-faced kid (though Jim Whitehurst doesn't look much older than 20). And its headquarters isn't in San Francisco or Silicon Valley, but rather in the comparative backwoods of North …
Matt Asay, 14 Jan 2011

Industry split over Web services platform

Control of the potentially lucrative Web services market is still up for grabs with vendors and businesses appearing to be split between the two main specifications. Recent surveys from a leading research firm have indicated that opinion is divided on whether to plump for Microsoft's .Net products or those based on Java 2 …
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Vietnam crowned as top software pirate nation

Vietnam remained the top country for counterfeit software last year, with a 97 per cent piracy rate. It was followed by China (94 per cent) and Indonesia (89 per cent), according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Next on the list of worst offenders were the Ukraine and other CIS countries (89 per cent) and Russia (88 per …
Linda Harrison, 21 May 2001
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Malays in software piracy malaise

A Malaysian trade minister has risked the ire of the software industry by suggesting the country would turn a blind eye to the use of pirated software in schools. While stressing that the authorities in Malaysia take a firm line against piracy in the commercial sector, Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told the >Sunday Star …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2002
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HP dubs Oracle 'bitter antagonist' in Itanic spat

Hindsight is always at least 20/20. But sometimes it is 20/15 or even 20/10. Maybe Hewlett-Packard should have bought the server and storage business from Sun Microsystems and argued to keep Solaris and let Oracle eat Java, which is what the company really wanted to get ahold of once it became clear that IBM was not going to buy …
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Ballmer to China: 'Steal all the software you want, so long as it's ours'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) worth $750 million over three years, involving both software and services, Reuters reports. "We want the Chinese industry to grow. The success of Microsoft in every market, including China's, is highly …
Thomas C Greene, 28 Jun 2002
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Anti-virus industry: white knight or black hat?

One has to wonder whether the anti-virus industry sleeps well at night. On one hand, it purports to serve the world by defending our computers and networks from any number of electronic critters and malicious code. On the other hand, sometimes its "cure" is worse than the problem its products allegedly treat. Add to that the …
Richard Forno, 16 Feb 2004
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Designing security into software

In previous lives I have worked in software QA and in internal control in a major bank, and I am convinced that security must be designed into software from the start. Bolting on security to an insecure design is fraught with problems (just ask Microsoft): You decide that making things secure needs a major rewrite of the …
David Norfolk, 23 Jun 2006
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Investors bullish on report HP will acquire McAfee

Wall Street investors showed new optimism in the shares of anti-virus provider McAfee after financial analysts speculated it may be acquired by Hewlett-Packard. On Monday, shares in McAfee rose $1.44 to $41.57, the biggest gain in two months following a report from Friedman Billings Ramsey & Co. that an acquisition of the …
Dan Goodin, 26 Apr 2010
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Software standards put technology in its place

The fact that SAP and Oracle, normally the deadliest of enemies with rarely a kind word to say about each other, are prepared to sit down at the same table and be party to setting up the same set of software standards demonstrates well one of the fundamental issues underpinning the importance of standards to every aspect of the …
Martin Banks, 12 Jan 2006
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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 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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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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Cloud no cure for IT department haters

It's a seeming truism that everyone hates IT. Indeed, while IT departments have long looked to open source as a way to skirt the formal purchasing and legal processes that slow down software acquisition, marketing and other departments now look to the cloud/SaaS as a way to evade IT for much the same reason. But if IT is such a …
Matt Asay, 22 Jun 2011
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Hollywood, software groups push DoJ copyright busts

Music bootleggers and software crackers tired of wading through the entire United States Code to see if they're about to break the law, or incur daunting criminal liabilities in excess of the potential value of their planned activities, may now consult a handy reference guide on line. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has …
Thomas C Greene, 08 Jan 2001
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Patchy Windows patching leaves users insecure

Windows users need to patch their systems an average of every five days to stay ahead of security vulnerabilities, according to a study this week. The numbers come from a company called Secunia which just happens to be developing an all-in-one patching tool to reduce update headaches for consumers. Stats from the two million …
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2010
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Banana trade war threatens software sector

The banana trade war could spread to the UK software industry, a leading UK politician warns. John Redwood, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said: "The last thing we want now is a trade war with America, which could spiral out of control, and damage more of our businesses." Speaking at the opening of new offices …
Drew Cullen, 07 Mar 1999
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College students care more about beer than software

The ever-vigilant Business Software Alliance (BSA) has struck out against immoral college students, saying it's concerned about the lack of respect kiddies have for software. The software industry trade group commissioned a study that found students are quite willing to pirate software. The collegians' main motivations for …
Ashlee Vance, 30 Oct 2003
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US games software giants target UK mod-chip supplier

The founder of a UK-based games console modification company has pledged to fight the US software industry's attempt to shut down his business. Crewe, Cheshire-based Games World Direct (GWD) last week found itself targeted by the US-based Entertainment Software Association (ESA), after the organisation contacted its ISP, Luton- …
Tony Smith, 15 Aug 2005
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UK DrinkorDie members jailed for software piracy

Three UK software counterfeiters who styled themselves as "latter-day Robin Hoods" received lengthy prison sentences today over their role in infamous software piracy organisation DrinkorDie. Another defendant escaped with a suspended sentence after a hearing at London's Old Bailey. Former city bank worker Alex Bell, 29, of …
John Leyden, 06 May 2005