Friday, May 26, 2006

Bosnia's software piracy rate falls

SARAJEVO : The proportion of software illegally installed on PCs in Bosnia fell to 69 percent last year, industry representatives said on Thursday. But the cost of software piracy increased by $1 million to $13 million, the Bosnian branch of the global Business Software Alliance (BSA) said.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

No movement on piracy

TECHNOLOGY industry lobbyists have blamed poor management practices and a lack of criminal enforcement for Australia's high rate of software piracy, with a study showing the local piracy numbers have barely budged.

A survey released today by the Business Software Association of Australia and its parent, the US-based Business Software Alliance, shows 31 per cent of Australian business software is pirated, virtually unchanged from 32 per cent in 2005 and 31 per cent in 2004.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Staunching a tide of piracy

SO FAR, the entertainment industry's approach to peer-to-peer file sharing has been to hire gumshoes to bang on teenagers' doors at midnight and haul them off to court - an act akin to trying to beat back a tsunami with a tennis racquet. In the process a lot of clever technology has won a bad name, not least Kazaa, owned by Sydney's Sharman Networks.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

U.S. group: China product piracy growing

BEIJING -- China is still doing too little to fight growing product piracy despite repeated crackdowns, causing mounting damage to legitimate producers of movies, music and other goods, a U.S. business group said Tuesday.

"The problem is growing faster than the enforcement efforts," said Charles Martin, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Man sentenced to 35 months for software piracy

A 28-year-old Ukrainian man, Maksym Vysochanskyy, was sentenced late Monday in federal court in San Jose to 35 months in prison for his role in selling pirated copies of software from Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Borland Software and Microsoft through Web sites he operated and on eBay, according to Kevin Ryan, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

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Boy, 16, arrested for Web piracy at home

Six months after the world's first criminal conviction of a movie uploader, Hong Kong customs authorities have arrested a 16-year-old Kwun Tong student for using his home computer to make more than 600 songs and 20 movies available for free download on a personal Web site.

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MPAA Employs Piracy-Sniffing Dogs

There is two new members in the fight against pirate DVDs: two black Labrador Retrievers named Lucky and Flo. The MPAA has backed the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in training the two dogs to sniff out DVDs in packages coming into the United Kingdom.

The groups claim that pirated DVDs are often smuggled in packages with other contents. In their first test at FedEx's British hub at Stansted Airport in Essex, England, Lucky and Flo successfully sniffed out packages and parcels containing DVDs.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Singapore Company Found Guilty for Unlicensed Software Usage

Singapore -- In a landmark criminal case, interior design consultancy PDM International was sentenced to a fine of S$30,000 in court today for the use of unlicensed and illegal software – thereby becoming the first company to be so penalised since Singapore’s Copyright Act was amended on January 1, 2005 to make willful infringement of copyright for commercial gain a criminal offence.
The court case is the result of a successful raid carried out by police officers from the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) branch of the Criminal Investigation Department on September 15 last year where 11 computers were seized.

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BSA happy with self-audit response

PUTRAJAYA: Antipiracy watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is pleased its efforts to educate local businesses on the need to use genuine software is making progress, despite some companies staying recalcitrant.

The BSA reported that its software auditing programme last year was well received by Malaysian companies, with 1,493 businesses performing self-audits to check if the software solutions they use are genuine.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gates: Beating Asia Piracy to Take 10 Years

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Friday that beating software piracy in China and India and getting compliance up to U.S. and European levels would take 10 years.

"In India and China it will be a decade before we get that level," Gates told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"But as long as there is year-by-year progress, it holds a great opportunity for us in terms of scale, which helps us do more, and it's a great place where we have people working for us."

Gates said sales of the company's software in both countries were increasing every year and he was optimistic that China and India would eventually adopt proper licensing practices, just as Taiwan and South Korea had done.

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