Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: proxy services circumventing ISP blocks against The Pirate Bay, and an invitation to meet leaders in license compliance and network with your peers.
TorrentFreak reports that “at least 8% of all Pirate Bay traffic [is] now provided by proxy services:”
“As anti-piracy activity and subsequent court rulings attempt to cut off users from The Pirate Bay, those affected by the blockades are taking the setback in their stride. There are hundreds of proxy-type services facilitating access to the supposedly blocked site and have become so popular that according to the operators of The Pirate Bay they’re currently providing at least 8% of the site’s traffic.”
Even TorrentFreak agrees: “There used to be a popular phrase which went something like ‘kill one file-sharing site and 10 more will appear in its place.’ These days that’s probably untrue, but in the case of The Pirate Bay it’s fair to say that blocking one site has led to the creation of 200 new sites specifically designed to unblock it. That’s undoubtedly a powerful message.”
So what can you do about it? As more and more people are anonymising their traffic for piracy, the time, money and resources spent on campaigns to block these sites and attack the distribution channels is being wasted. Software publishers using a software intelligence approach are focusing on the adopters of the pirated software and are recovering revenue from the unpaid use of their software.
Still skeptical? Keep reading.
I get it. You want to hear from someone else besides me. Join us at the Westin Waltham next Tuesday, May 14 and you can do that and more.
If you want to learn more about strategies to recover revenue from the adoption of unpaid software, come and hear speakers from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, Business Software Alliance (BSA), and Software Compliance Group tell their stories.
If you have questions about how your peers and colleagues are approaching software piracy and license compliance take advantage of the networking opportunities at our reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres after the panel discussion.
Questions, comments? Is there a story or topic you’d like to see covered in depth? Please leave a comment below or visit us at our Software Piracy Initiatives Forum and discuss the topics with experts in the field.
Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.
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