A Tale of Two Markets

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement May 17, 2012

It’s not every day that someone freely admits to criminal behavior. Traffic tickets aside, few people are brazen enough to acknowledge serious crimes. Yet in BSA’s ninth annual Global Software Piracy Study, more than half of the world’s computer users readily concede they steal software. Some users say they acquire unlicensed applications all or most […]

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Shadow Market: BSA’s 2011 Global Software Piracy Study

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement May 15, 2012

BSA today released the ninth edition of our Global Software Piracy Study — and in it, we have plowed new ground. This year’s study marks the first time anyone has directly asked a large sample of computer users around the world, “How often do you acquire pirated software?” The answers people have given to that […]

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The Legal Gulf Between China and the West Remains Wide

posted by in Intellectual Property March 28, 2012

What to do about China? It is the world’s second-largest economy and our second-largest trading partner, after neighboring Canada. Yet it remains the wild, wild East of the global economy, a place arguably more dangerous than anywhere else in the world for innovative U.S. companies to do business. If likely president-to-be Xi Jinping is interested […]

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Software Prices and Piracy in the Developing World: Correlation vs. Causation

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement February 7, 2012

Software piracy rates are highest in the developing world, where per capita incomes are lowest. For some observers, this correlation is evidence of causation. Software costs too much for people in emerging economies to afford, the argument goes; that’s why they steal it. Charge less, and the problem will take care of itself.

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The Real Impact of Bringing Down the Net’s Bad Actors

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement January 30, 2012

It was hard to miss the coverage and attention devoted to the recent takedown of the illegal filesharing site megaupload.com.  The sheer magnitude of copyrighted material that was being illegally shared on the site was newsworthy.  There were also the added elements of the lavish lifestyle and dramatic arrest of megaupload’s founder.  But the attention […]

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BSA Commends Senate and House Leaders for Postponing Action on PIPA, SOPA

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement January 20, 2012

The Business Software Alliance today welcomed decisions by Senate and House leaders to postpone action on the PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act to allow more time for substantive concerns with the proposed online piracy legislation to be carefully considered and addressed. Read the statement here.

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SOPA Needs Work to Address Innovation Considerations

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement November 21, 2011

When House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and his bipartisan cosponsors last month introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), I said in a press statement that the bill would have to balance key innovation, privacy and security considerations with the need to thwart the threat rogue websites pose before BSA can give its support to […]

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A New Lever to Advance IP Protections

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement September 14, 2011

A recurring theme in this week’s discussions between BSA member-company technologists and their counterparts in government has been the question of how to crank up America’s innovation engine to more effectively foster new industries and create jobs that will drive a robust recovery in the near term and continue powering the US economy over the […]

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Inside a $59 Billion Heist: The Contradictory Opinions and Behaviors of the World’s Software Pirates

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement September 7, 2011

Earlier this year, BSA reported in its annual Global Software Piracy Study that the commercial value of PC software theft leapt 14 percent worldwide in 2010 to $59 billion. Behind all that theft, of course, were millions and millions of computer users installing unlicensed software in homes, businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. What were […]

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Closing the Financial Spigot for Fake Software Peddlers

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement August 18, 2011

“Follow the money,” the mysterious Deep Throat famously urges Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men. “Always follow the money.” It is sage advice that investigative journalists and law enforcement authorities have been following for generations to ferret out criminal activity. And by the same token, cutting off the flow of money to a criminal […]

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