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Topic: Companies With Piracy

More Meaningful Software Piracy Statistics

“OK Michael, nice rant blog post about the BSA’s Global Software Survey, but how about you put your money where your mouth is and offer up some more meaningful piracy statistics of your own?” (Anonymous email from a blog reader)

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Michael Goff  

|  June 20, 2016   |   Software Piracy

The BSA Has Given Up On Piracy. Again.

Thoughts on the May 2016 BSA Global Software Survey Feel free to pregame for this blog post/rant by reading my response to the last global software study published by BSA | The Software Alliance in June 2014.

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Michael Goff  

|  June 08, 2016   |   Software Piracy

The Best Conference for Software Vendors Focused on License Compliance

Why is V.i. Labs sponsoring IBSMA's Compliance Manager Summit for the third year in a row? Quite simply, it is the best conference for software vendors who are focused on license compliance.

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Michael Goff  

|  February 29, 2016   |   License Compliance

Most Pirated Software Types of 2014

After digging into our 2014 piracy data, we're kicking off the year with a discussion of the popularity of different types of the most pirated software. Taking a look at our list below, we see that the order seems to follow the needs of the user. 

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 02, 2015   |   Software Piracy

Microsoft Draws the Line on Software Piracy

Frequent readers of the Code Confidential blog know that V.i. Labs views software piracy distribution channels (torrent sites, file lockers, industry forums/bulletin boards, etc.) as an untapped channel that software vendors can leverage to generate ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 23, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Nero Burning Up Top Software Torrents for Week of December 15

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications - a dive into the depths of the world of the top software torrents. This week we see a resurgence in Nero’s 2015 Platinum product. With a new build version coming out, we usually see a new ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 17, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Virtualization Apps in Top Software Torrents for Week of December 8

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications - a dive into the depths of the world of the top software torrents. First up on our list this week is a newcomer to the Top 10 called BlueStacks. This software allows users to run Android ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 09, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Antivirus Apps Dominate Top Torrents for Week of December 1

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents. We are seeing a number of torrents from a few different release groups this week. ATOM makes ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 02, 2014   |   Software Piracy
November 24, 2014 Software Piracy

Corel, iZotope, WinAVI in Top Torrents for Week of Nov 24

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents. This week we see a wealth of interesting releases break into the Top 10, in part due to ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  November 24, 2014   |   Software Piracy
November 04, 2014 Software Piracy

Avanquest, Wolfram New on Top Torrents for Week of November 3

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  November 04, 2014   |   Software Piracy
October 29, 2014 Software Piracy

Photoshop Alternative, GIMP, Tops Torrents for Week of October 27

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 29, 2014   |   Software Piracy
October 23, 2014 Companies with Piracy

Microsoft's Freemium Business Model

Did you know Microsoft had a freemium business model? Neither did I, until their new CEO Satya Nadella sat down with CNBC's Jon Fortt on Monday. From the transcript here:

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Jim Nauen  

|  October 23, 2014   |   Companies with Piracy
October 20, 2014 Software Piracy

Apple OS X Yosemite Leads Top Torrents for Week of October 20

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 20, 2014   |   Software Piracy
October 08, 2014 Software Piracy

Windows 10 Dominates Top Torrents for Week of October 6

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 08, 2014   |   Software Piracy
September 26, 2014 Software Piracy

Video Apps, Acronis and Corel in Top Torrents for Week of September 22

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 26, 2014   |   Software Piracy
September 08, 2014 Software Piracy

Top Torrents for Week of September 8

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 08, 2014   |   Software Piracy
August 13, 2014 Software Piracy

Microsoft Windows in Top Torrents for Week of August 11

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents. This week we see a continued interest in Microsoft Windows releases including a claimed ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  August 13, 2014   |   Software Piracy
August 05, 2014 Software Piracy

DriverPack Solution Tops Torrents for Week of August 4th

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of the top desktop software torrents. This week we’re met with a few continued trends in the torrent world. DriverPack Solution tops ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  August 05, 2014   |   Software Piracy
July 29, 2014 Software Piracy

The BSA Has Given Up On Piracy

Thoughts on the 2013 BSA Global Software Survey Can I be honest? I read and reread the latest report from BSA and I felt like something was missing. Why was I feeling this way? Was it the fact that we had to wait two years since the last report? Was ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 29, 2014   |   Software Piracy
July 23, 2014 Software Piracy

Microsoft Toolkit In This Week's Top Torrents

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the world of desktop software torrents. This week we’re faced with a new type of release to discuss in the form of a “Microsoft Toolkit.” In ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  July 23, 2014   |   Software Piracy
July 21, 2014 Software Piracy

The New Way Piracy Pays: Pay Per Downloads (PPD) Services

Over the last two years we seen some clever schemes to convert piracy activity into dollars. As we have mentioned many times, the piracy groups and crackers themselves are rarely out to make money. They enjoy being part of the scene and receiving ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  July 21, 2014   |   Software Piracy
July 16, 2014 Companies with Piracy

CentOS Showing Up Multiple Times In This Week's Top Torrents

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the torrent underworld! This week we have a mixed bag of prior trends, with a few newcomers thrown in:

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Victor DeMarines  

|  July 16, 2014   |   Companies with Piracy
June 30, 2014 Companies with Piracy

Apple Final Cut Pro Tops Most Pirated for Week of June 30, 2014

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications. Another week, another dive into the depths of the torrent underworld! This week we have a mixed bag of prior trends, with a few newcomers thrown in:

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Victor DeMarines  

|  June 30, 2014   |   Companies with Piracy
June 23, 2014 Software Piracy

Adobe Apps Rule Top 10 Pirated Apps for Week of June 23, 2014

Welcome back to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated Applications, where we take a look at the world of Torrent piracy and see where the most revenue is being lost! The piracy world is constantly changing. Here is this week's top 10 most popular ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  June 23, 2014   |   Software Piracy
June 19, 2014 Software Piracy

Top 10 Most Pirated Applications of the Week (June 19, 2014)

Inspired by TorrentFreak's Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week, welcome to the latest Top 10 Most Pirated, where we take a look at the world of Torrent piracy and see where the most revenue is being lost! The piracy world is constantly changing. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  June 19, 2014   |   Software Piracy
June 09, 2014 Software Piracy

Top 10 Most Pirated Applications of the Week (June 9, 2014)

Inspired by TorrentFreak's Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week, welcome to the first Top 10 Most Pirated, where we take a look at the world of Torrent piracy and see where the most revenue is being lost! The piracy world is constantly changing. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  June 09, 2014   |   Software Piracy
May 21, 2014 Software Piracy

Brand Protection in the Digital Age

In early May, I was honored to participate on a panel sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose titled, “Brand Protection in the Digital Age: Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy.” The panel was moderated by Abhi Joshi, Managing Director and ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  May 21, 2014   |   Software Piracy
May 07, 2014 Software Piracy

Software Piracy Myth #2: Software Piracy is Viral Marketing

Software companies have had a long and conflicted history with those who misappropriate and misuse their intellectual property. There are many common myths about software piracy have convinced software executives that piracy is not a significant ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  May 07, 2014   |   Software Piracy
August 26, 2013 Software Piracy

DMCA Takedown Notices - A Ride on the Hamster Wheel?

Back in November 2010, the New York Times published a fascinating story on Microsoft's war on piracy. It discussed Microsoft's "link-removal machine" - an artificial intelligence system that "scans the Web for suspicious, popular links and then ...

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Michael Goff  

|  August 26, 2013   |   Software Piracy

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Has Been Pirated. Surprised?

I wish I could say that I was surprised, but I'm not. I'm not surprised that Adobe's new Creative Cloud version of Photoshop has been pirated, and I'm not surprised by the "told you so" reactions when it was pirated just one day after its release.

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Michael Goff  

|  June 24, 2013   |   Software Piracy

Proxies Providing Path to Piracy; Meet the Masters and Mingle - Week in Review 5/6/2013

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 ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 06, 2013   |   Software Piracy
April 15, 2013 Software Piracy

Pirate Bay Turned Away in Greenland, One-Third of UK SMBs Knowingly Use Unlicensed Software - Week in Review 4/15/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: the Pirate Bay is turned away in Greenland and a BSA survey show one-third of UK SMBs knowingly use unlicensed software.

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Michael Goff  

|  April 15, 2013   |   Software Piracy

Washington State’s Unfair Competition Law, Ex-employees Come Forward in Australian Radio Network Piracy Case – Week in Review 4/8/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: more news on the Unfair Competition Law front and an update on the Super Radio Network software piracy case. Microsoft Leveraged Washington ...

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Michael Goff  

|  April 10, 2013   |   Software Piracy

Week in Review 3/25/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: a chief scientist for a US defense contractor pleads guilty and is sentenced for software piracy, Spain gets ready for software piracy crackdown ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 27, 2013   |   Companies with Piracy
March 19, 2013 Software Piracy

Week in Review 3/18/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: BSA CEO Robert Holleyman steps down, Microsoft and Adobe sue Aussie radio stations, a look back on DRM’s past, and a quick check up on South ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 19, 2013   |   Software Piracy

Week in Review 3/11/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week EA ran into DRM problems with SimCity, IDC released a report on malware and software piracy and Microsoft established a new Cybercrime Center. Read on ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 13, 2013   |   Software Piracy
February 25, 2013 Software Piracy

RIAA Claims Google's Anti-Piracy Algorithm Update Was Useless, The Pirate Bay Calls Out Anti-Piracy Group for Pirating and an Interesting Anti-Piracy Patent by Sony Surfaces - Week in Review 2/25/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week the RIAA released a report on Google's anti-piracy algorithm, The Pirate Bay called out CIAPC for piracy and a Sony anti-piracy patent from 2011 ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 25, 2013   |   Software Piracy
February 19, 2013 Software Piracy

Mega To Accept Bitcoin, BitTorrent Launches New Service and Adobe Finds Itself in Trouble Down Under - Software License Compliance Week in Review

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week Mega decided to accept Bitcoin, BitTorrent launched a new file sharing service and Adobe got into trouble over Australian pricing. Read on and don’t ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 19, 2013   |   Software Piracy
February 04, 2013 Software Piracy

WTO Allows Antigua to Ignore US IP Rights, Cypress Calls For Businesses To Stop Piracy, Jordan's Piracy Smuggling Rate Drops And Mega Search Engine Closes - Week in Review 2/4/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week the WTO ruled Antigua could ignore U.S. intellectual property rights, Cypress Finance Minister calls for end to software piracy, Jordan sees a ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 04, 2013   |   Software Piracy

California Accuses Foreign Firms of Software Piracy, Delaware Woman Sentenced for Copyright Infringement and Anti-Piracy Group Takes a Swipe at Mega - Week in Review 1/28/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week California accused apparel firms in China and India of software piracy, a Delaware woman was sentenced for copyright infringement and an anti-piracy ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 28, 2013   |   Software Piracy
January 22, 2013 Software Piracy

Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, the Balkans Get Serious on Software Piracy and So Does Thailand - Week in Review 1/22/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week Kim Dotcom launched his new service called Mega, the Balkans and Thailand decide to get serious about software piracy. Read on and don’t forget to ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 22, 2013   |   Software Piracy

More Details Leaked on Verizon's Six Strike Policy, Anti-SOPA Activist Dies at 26 and The Pirate Bay Documentary's New Movie Trailer - Week in Review 1/14/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week an internal Verizon document was leaked outlining its forthcoming six strike policy, sadly, Anti-SOPA activist Andrew Swartz passed away and the ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 14, 2013   |   Software Piracy
January 07, 2013 Software Piracy

iOS Piracy App Installous Folds, Chinese National Reaches Plea Deal on Major Piracy Charges and Azerbaijan Significantly Reduces Piracy Rate - Week in Review 1/7/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy, we hope you had happy holidays and a great New Year! The last two weeks in software piracy news included the end of the iOS piracy app Installous, a Chinese national ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 07, 2013   |   Software Piracy
December 10, 2012 Software Piracy

BSA and the Morality of Informants, Microsoft and Autodesk sue a Chinese Corporation and an Update on the Case of a Pirate Bay Founder - Week in Review 12/10/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy. This week we cover the BSA's boast about the morality of informants, Microsoft and Autodesk sue a Chinese corporation and an update on the case of a Pirate Bay ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 10, 2012   |   Software Piracy
December 03, 2012 Software Piracy

Consequences of an Anti-Piracy False Positive, Microsoft's Big Licensing Mistake and Another Delay for the Copyright Alert System - Week in Review 12/2/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy. This week we cover an anti-piracy misfire, Microsoft's licensing mistake and the most recent delay to the Copyright Alert System. Read on and don’t forget to follow ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 03, 2012   |   Software Piracy
November 26, 2012 Software Piracy

Verizon & Time Warner Outline Anti-Piracy Plan, Police Take Young Girl's Laptop for Piracy, Ethiopian Piracy Rate Ticks Upward - Software Piracy & Protection Week in Review 11/26/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy. Last week Verizon & Time Warner outlined their anti-piracy plans, police took a 9 year old's laptop for piracy and Ethiopia discovered that its software piracy ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 26, 2012   |   Software Piracy

Two Big Software Piracy Court Cases, Kim Dotcom Faces Another Set Back and the UK examines Google's Anti-Piracy Algorithm Change - Week in Review 11/12/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software licensing and piracy. Last week two big software piracy cases made their way through the courts, Kim Dotcom lost his new domain and the UK decided to examine Google's anti-piracy algorithm change. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  November 12, 2012   |   Software Piracy
November 05, 2012 Software Piracy

BSA Partners with Malaysia, Microsoft Sees Growth in Indonesia as Piracy Rates Drop and the BSA Fines a Firm in the UK - Week in Review 11/5/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software licensing and piracy. Last week BSA partnered with Malaysia to fight piracy, Microsoft saw growth in Indonesia as piracy rates dropped and the BSA fined a firm in the UK. Read on and don’t forget ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 05, 2012   |   Software Piracy
October 29, 2012 Software Piracy

Windows 8 Sales in China, a Dutch Court's Anti-Piracy Ruling and the New DMCA Exemptions - Week in Review 10/29/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on application usage management and software licensing. This week we cover Microsoft's choice to drop box sales in China, a Dutch court's copyright ruling that could have far reaching consequences for the EU ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 29, 2012   |   Software Piracy

MA fines Thai Company for Piracy, AT&T's Leaked Anti-Piracy Plan, a Case in New Zealand & The Pirate Bay Moves to the Cloud - Week in Review 10/22/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software licensing and copyright protection. This week we cover Massachusetts fining a Thai company for using pirated software, AT&T's anti-piracy document leak, the results of an early Third Strike ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 22, 2012   |   Software Piracy

FAST Worried About the UK's Digital Economy Act, Software Compliance Raids in Thailand and South Africa & the BSA's Rebrands Itself - Week in Review 10/15/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on intellectual property law and software licensing. This week FAST voiced concerns over the UK's Digital Economy Act, Thai police raided a coconut milk factory, Adobe conducted a raid in South Africa and the ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 15, 2012   |   Software Piracy
October 09, 2012 Software Piracy

Japan Strengthens Anti-Piracy Law, Adobe's Efforts in India & Piracy in the Philippines - Week in Review 10/9/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs' weekly update on piracy, protection and digital rights management. This week Japan enacted tougher anti-piracy legislation, Adobe made efforts in India, and a Filipino group was praised for its progress against piracy. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 09, 2012   |   Software Piracy
October 01, 2012 Software Piracy

Chinese Govt. Takes Steps Towards License Compliance, Megaupload's Comeback and More - Week in Review 10/1/2012

Welcome to the latest software license protection and piracy update. This week the Chinese Government took a large step towards software compliance, Kim Dotcom of Megaupload plans a comeback and Tanzania joins Microsoft in combating software piracy. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 01, 2012   |   Software Piracy
September 24, 2012 Software Piracy

Microsoft Alleges Piracy at State Owned Chinese Firms, Talks in Nigeria, and a Raid in Malaysia - Week in Review 9/24/2012

Welcome to this another software licensing and protection update. This week Microsoft owns the headlines as they challenge state owned Chinese firms, speak out against piracy in Nigeria and see their software pirated at retailers in Malaysia.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 24, 2012   |   Software Piracy

Software Licensing in the Cloud, Google & The Pirate Bay, and Filipino Software Piracy - Week in Review 9/17/2010

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly software piracy and licensing update. This week Google decided no longer to suggest The Pirate Bay, the BSA weighs in on the Tran-Pacific Partnership and the Filipino Government tackles software piracy. Want to know ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 17, 2012   |   Software Piracy
September 10, 2012 Software Piracy

Microsoft Goes to China, SIIA & FAST Team Up, BSA in S. Africa, and a Swede's Arrest in Cambodia - Week in Review 9/10/2012

Welcome back to our weekly update where we filter and condense software piracy, licensing and protection news into easily digested summaries. We saw SIIA and FAST teaming up, Microsoft going to China, while the BSA is off in South Africa and finally ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 10, 2012   |   Software Piracy
September 06, 2012 Software Piracy

Software Piracy & Protection: Your Week In Review, August 27th – 31st

Today V.i. Labs launches the first in a continuing series where we scour the internet for the most interesting news on software piracy and the related topics of software licensing and protection. We understand everyone is experiencing an information ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 06, 2012   |   Software Piracy

Software Protection and Apple: Why Customers turn to Piracy

In only a week since release, over 3 million copies of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion have been sold, making it Apple’s most successful operating system release to date. Mountain Lion, along with a refresh to the entire Macbook line, was announced at ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  August 08, 2012   |   Software Piracy
February 27, 2012 Software Piracy

RapidShare Fighting Piracy - or Profiting From It?

PC Magazine posted an article today titled, “To Combat Piracy, RapidShare Cuts Download Speeds for Free Users.” Noting that some software vendors are curbing piracy by offering services or benefits that could not be obtained by pirating their ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 27, 2012   |   Software Piracy

New Podcast on New York Times Article on Microsoft, Piracy

Join host Dan Thompson and guest Michael Goff as they discuss the recent New York Times article, "Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room" and compares and contrasts the approaches discussed there with piracy business intelligence and the ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 09, 2010   |   Software Piracy
September 15, 2010 Company News

Arxan Defense Systems Acquired by Microsemi

Microsemi Corp., provider of semiconductor products to the medical, military and aerospace industries, today announced that it has acquired Arxan Defense Systems, a provider of anti-tampering and protection solutions for an undisclosed amount (full ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 15, 2010   |   Company News

Software Piracy - What a Week!

Wow - where to begin? The last seven days have been abuzz with software piracy in the news.

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Michael Goff  

|  May 18, 2010   |   Software Piracy
June 25, 2009 Software Piracy

Ubiquitous “Cyberlocker” File Share Service Gets Fined

Rapidshare was fined $34M by a German Court as result of efforts by a music copyright watchdog group. Although it's a hefty fine, one only wonders what it would have been if it included pirated software files. V.i. Labs piracy assessments reveal ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 25, 2009   |   Software Piracy

Live Webinar with former Microsoft Director of Worldwide Anti-piracy Investigations Richard LaMagna

We're excited for our June 18 live webinar with Rich LaMagna, former Microsoft Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Investigations. Please join us and learn about the best practices for building an anti-piracy program to identify and recover revenue ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 02, 2009   |   Software Piracy

Microsoft: Firms buying into piracy

More news on businesses using pirated (or unlicensed) software - this time it's from Turkey. According to the article "recent Microsoft research has revealed that public institutions and big companies, which invest millions of dollars in Turkey, use ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 06, 2009   |   Software Piracy

Can big software vendors audit their way through the downturn?

Matt Asay has an interesting post on CNET's The Open Road ("The business and politics of open source") - he notes (my emphasis added) that:

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Michael Goff  

|  April 30, 2009   |   Software Piracy
March 04, 2009 Software Piracy

Microsoft's Plans to Leverage Software Piracy Channels

There's interesting news in the blogosphere on Microsoft's plans to leverage software piracy channels to its advantage. Mary Jo Foley has a great post on ZDNet about Microsoft's plans to make part of Office 14 ad-supported. She notes (my emphasis ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 04, 2009   |   Software Piracy
February 26, 2009 Software Piracy

Nintendo eyes piracy to pad profits

This article on Ars Technica, "Having dominated sales, Nintendo eyes piracy to pad profits" got me thinking. The article starts off by stating:

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Michael Goff  

|  February 26, 2009   |   Software Piracy

Microsoft is in the Black with the Chinese

Although I am not a complete supporter of the WGA program as it was first implemented, Microsoft's latest tactic to warn Chinese users about using Microsoft software is not completely off base. In the latest coverage of this issue (see yesterday's ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 17, 2008   |   Software Piracy
September 03, 2008 Software Piracy

Software Pirates - In Our Backyard!

You may recall my post this summer about a legitimate business in the UK that was using pirated Autodesk software. Well, yesterday the Worcester (Mass.) Business Journal reported on a local company that paid the BSA “$80,000 to settle claims that ...

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Michael Goff  

|  September 03, 2008   |   Software Piracy

Infected Firefox Add-in Demonstrates Need for Internal Code Protection

We've seen this threat before in the software piracy world, where illegal versions of antivirus products have been distributed via P2P networks with embedded malware. This latest story demonstrates the ease in which malware can cloak itself and be ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 09, 2008   |   Company News
December 28, 2007 Software Piracy

It Takes Microsoft Clout to See Anti-piracy progress in China

China is the second largest economy in the world and still has high software piracy rates. In this Computerworld article there is a informative discussion of the benefits Microsoft has seen with its anti-piracy strategy. According to the article ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 28, 2007   |   Software Piracy