Articles about Unlicensed Software

ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

Almost half of the world's enterprise IT managers openly admit to using pirated software at work – at least a survey from a software industry association says so. A report (PDF) from The Software Alliance claims that during 2013, 43 per cent of all software in the world was installed without a licence, up from 42 per cent in the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jun 2014
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US army bites the bullet in $50m software piracy pay-out

The US army has been forced to pay out $50 million (£30.6m) for copyright infringement after admitting it installed software on thousands of devices without forking out for it. Texas-based Apptricity produces logistics software which the military uses to manage the movement of troops, transport and other supplies across the …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2013

Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) - which investigates whistleblowers' allegations of organisations and individuals using pirated software - said half of the copyright-infringement claims it dealt with last year that were settled out of court involved Microsoft wares. The federation today disclosed its stats for the …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2013
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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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Every Friday is rat-out-your-boss-for-software-piracy Friday

For The Cure, Friday was a day of love, for most of us it is the gateway to the weekend - but for pirate-haters it is the best time to shop employers using unlicensed software at work. This is the latest statistic from the Ministry of Silly Numbers, aka the Federation Against Software Theft, whose latest research states 34 per …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2013

'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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BSA nabs Chester MS software pirate

A label company near Chester has handed over £24,800 after it was caught by the Business Software Alliance using unlicensed copies of Microsoft Office. The BSA was contacted by a whistleblower who asked them to investigate the company. Disgruntled ex-employees are a common source of BSA tip-offs. System Labelling Limited was …
John Oates, 10 Feb 2011
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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
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Six firms cough for unlicensed software

Three US financial services firms have paid large fines for using unlicensed software in their offices. IBG LLC of Chicago, Illinois was caught with dodgy copies of Symantec and Microsoft software and agreed to pay $175,000. American Mortgage Consultants, Inc., based in Liberty, Illinois, paid $136,750 to settle claims that it …
John Oates, 09 Jan 2008
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Scottish firm pays £120,000 over unlicensed software

Updated A company in Renfrewshire, Scotland has paid almost £120,000 to settle claims that it had too few licences for the software installed on approximately 100 computers. The company would have been sued for copyright infringement if it had not settled. The deal with Total Repair Solutions was announced by the Business Software …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Dec 2008
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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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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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UK manufacturer coughs £10k for unlicensed software

A Nottingham-based maker of tags that deter shoplifters has made an out-of-court settlement with the Business Software Alliance for £10,000 following an investigation into its unlawful use of unlicensed Adobe, Apple and Microsoft products. Shore to Shore Ltd has produced over four billion tags and labels this year for Tesco, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Nov 2005
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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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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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Last day of BSA unlicensed software truce

Today is the last chance for businesses in five US cities caught with pirated software to escape prosecution. The Business Software Alliance's month-long software piracy truce, affecting Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas and Denver, runs out in a few hours. Through the scheme, which is the third software truce put into …
Linda Harrison, 28 Feb 2001
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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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BSA urges London companies to check for pirate software

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has written to more than 1,000 companies in London, asking them to complete a software audit as part of a two-month campaign against software piracy. London is responsible for more reports of software piracy than any other place in the UK, with one in five pieces of software in the capital …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Jun 2009
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Call for reform as unlicensed software use rises

There was a 25 per cent increase in the number of companies settling for unlicensed software use in the UK last year, according to the Business Software Alliance. But the sums paid go some way to showing how UK law provides little deterrent to such piracy. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) figures were published on Monday. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Feb 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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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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International media firm pays $3.5m over pirate software

An unnamed international media firm has agreed to pay a record fine of €2.5m ($3.46m) for being found to have "significant shortfalls in software licenses". The record damages penalty was agreed following a criminal complaint made by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) on behalf of Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, and Microsoft. This …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2007
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Microsoft guns for web sales biz in piracy crackdown

Microsoft reportedly has two more companies in its sight as the software giant’s licensing crackdown focuses on China. Redmond said it is seeking compensation of at least at least 10 million yuan (£980,000) and a printed apology in the People’s Daily from two Beijing-based e-commerce firms for installing pirated versions of its …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Apr 2012
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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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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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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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£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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QXL.com fined £34,000 for dodgy software

QXL.com has been ordered to cough up £34,000 after being busted by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for dodgy software. The London online auction house found it was using more than 200 copies of unlicensed Adobe, Microsoft and Symantec software on its company network. The discovery followed an internal software use audit …
Linda Harrison, 18 Aug 2000
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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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Microsoft wins big in Chinese piracy lawsuit

Microsoft has won its first major court battle against the use of unlicensed software by Chinese corporations - but the company it vanquished plans to fight back. The amount of damages that the Shanghai court awarded Redmond may be small - 2.17m yuan, or $318,000 - but the precedent is large. "This is the first case in which …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Apr 2010
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BSA sues five UK businesses for software piracy

The BSA is sueing five UK companies for allegedly using unlicensed software, and it has announced legal settlements with five more organisations. The companies it is suing are: Baines & Ernst Financial Management - a debt management company; Climax Development - a video game technology and content developer; Claranet …
Drew Cullen, 27 Sep 2001
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BSA offers £10K bounty to catch software thieves

The BSA has doubled its reward for reporting businesses using unlicensed software to £10,000. This is because, big surprise, research suggested more people would turn supergrass if they got more money to do it. "Personal grudges and a feeling of responsibility have been the two main motivators for people to call the BSA …
Robert Blincoe, 02 Nov 2000
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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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BSA sinks teeth into US dentists and door makers

Two US firms have agreed to hand over significant piles of cash to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to settle claims they had run unlicensed software on their computers. Denver-based TruStile Doors will settle BSA claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Symantec software on its PCs by shelling out a hefty $92, …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2008
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IT firms top UK software piracy roll of shame

IT firms are the UK's most prolific software piracy offenders. In 2003, tech sector firms were the subject of 24 per cent of 50 settlements made with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in the UK. In other words, that makes a whopping 12 IT firms which got caught and which paide up. Cue much disapproving rhetoric from the BSA …
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2004
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Pirate software create more woes for PC Science

Yet more dirty linen has been aired about PC Science, the Yorkshire vendor that went into receivership earlier this month. The company was using over a single copy of Microsoft Office on 100 systems, according to a report in the Yorkshire Post. Top staff knew that unlicensed software was being used at the company, despite being …
Linda Harrison, 21 Jul 1999
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Venezuela eliminates govt. software piracy

Venezuela has announced an official policy of preferring open source software products to proprietary ones in the public sector, according to an article by Linux Today's Brian Proffit. Apparently, from now on all software developed for the government must be licensed under the GPL. Even software used for Internet access to e- …
Thomas C Greene, 03 Sep 2002
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Microsoft slings multiple sue balls at resellers

Microsoft has filed piracy lawsuits in a US federal court against eight firms it accuses of selling illegal versions of its software. The tech multinational alleges that the resellers gained from illegal sales involving the unlawful importation of unlicensed software into North America from multiple dealers overseas. Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 May 2008
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BSA: Turn in workmates, make fat dollar a few quid

The Business Software Alliance is waving wads of cash in the faces of individuals willing to snitch on bosses and colleagues who use pirated software. The trade group that represents the interest of multinational software firms such as Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec, coughed up a fairly conservative $136,100 last year in the US …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2009
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Automatic graylisting of unwanted software

As network perimeters become ever more porous, and endpoint security becomes even more critical, companies today are struggling with the problem of unwanted software - whether it's new, unknown, and potentially malicious software, or simply known but non-business applications. Now, a new approach to endpoint security known as …
Todd Brennan, 09 Nov 2005
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UK cop shops to be checked for pirated software

The UK's police forces are going to be audited see if they're running pirated or unlicensed software. This is because at least one force has been caught running counterfeit copies of MS Office. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is to audit a sample of police IT equipment to see how widespread the problem is. The …
Robert Blincoe, 21 Dec 2000
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Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Dabsxchange bans secondhand MS software

Online auction site Dabsxchange is to stop people offering second-hand Microsoft software for sale on the site, because it believes the vast majority of it is likely to be pirated. Dave Atherton, managing director of reseller Dabs.com, which runs Dabsxchange, said it was making the stance because people are offering Office …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2001
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Hacker rattles 21,000 iPhone unlockers

Hackers have mailed 21,000 customers of iPhoneUnlockUK to remind them the company uses unlicensed software, and that their details have been compromised. E-mails were sent out to customers of the iPhone unlocking service, with claims that iPhoneUnlockUK is guilty of stealing software and selling it illegally. The mail goes on to …
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2009
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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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WH Smith fined for software theft

WH Smith Online has been fined around £4000 for using pirated software on its computer network. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) stamped on the Web arm of the retailer giant after getting an email tip-off from an unrevealed source earlier this year. An investigation revealed the company had been using unlicensed software on …
Linda Harrison, 18 Apr 2000
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Microsoft raises anti-piracy posse

Microsoft is banging the drum for its anti-piracy message, claiming the trade in dodgy software is costing the US 32,000 jobs and billions of dollars in income. The scheme takes a snapshot of what Microsoft is doing every day to counter trade in illegal copies of its software around the world. These range from civil lawsuits in …
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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The BSA's fading twentieth-century piracy fight

Open...and Shut The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been wringing its hands about software piracy since 1988, but victory may soon be at hand. No, not because pesky pirates are about to come clean, but rather because the BSA's twentieth-century battle is about to get steamrollered by twenty-first century software practices. The web and its …
Matt Asay, 24 Sep 2010
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Microsoft counters Windows 7 upgrade hack advice

Microsoft has wagged its finger at users to dissuade them from hacking upgrade versions of Windows 7 to get a full copy of the new operating system on their PC. Reacting to tips being served up online, Microsoft has warned that while it's technically possible to perform what's known as a "clean" install of Windows 7 on a PC, you …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2009