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Topic: Global Piracy

Software Piracy Myth #1: Software Piracy Only Occurs in China and Russia

Like no other industry, software companies have had a long and conflicted history with those who misappropriate and misuse their intellectual property. As long as there has been software, there has been software misuse, which includes overuse ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 30, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Product-Wide Software Licensing Strategy That Drives Compliance

The chain of events set in motion by SAP’s actions against so-called “indirect access” (where 5,800 users utilized SAP’s software engine on a single license through a third party application) was front-page news in the world of enterprise software ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 13, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Top 5 Software License Compliance Stories of 2018

Google’s top searches of 2018 included the World Cup, unicorn cakes and 1980’s fashion. While that’s all very exciting, the world of software license compliance had its moments too this year. Here’s a look at our top picks for software license ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 21, 2018   |   Software Piracy

China’s Golden Week 2018 and its Impact on Software Piracy

We thought it would be interesting to update our blog post from 2017 in which we looked at China’s Golden Week and its impact on the use of pirated software by businesses. In that post we examined years of our compliance intelligence data on the use ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 11, 2018   |   Software Piracy

Performance Enhancing Data to Boost Your Compliance Program

I know what you’re thinking: “PEDs?? Are you trying to get us banned from international competition??” Quite the opposite. First, let’s start with our definition of PED: Performance Enhancing Data. Now let’s add some context: effective software ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 15, 2018   |   Revenue Recovery

Top Software License Compliance Stories of 2017

Somehow, we’ve managed to compile a “technology-related top news stories of 2017” list that doesn’t mention augmented reality, Apple’s iPhone X or Amazon’s search for a new headquarters (though loyal readers know we’ve at some point worked all of ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 27, 2017   |   Revenue Recovery

China’s Golden Week and its Impact on Software Piracy

Here's the latest 2018 update to this blog.  Going back through the years of our compliance intelligence data on the use of pirated software, it’s interesting to see how much impact holidays like China’s Golden Week can have. According to some ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 13, 2017   |   Revenue Recovery

Top 20 Countries for Software Piracy and License Misuse (2017)

[UPDATE: Read our 2018 Report here] We analyzed aggregated Revulytics Compliance Intelligence data (the number of unique machines using unpaid software) as of March 2017 to identify the Top 20 countries using pirated or unlicensed software: 

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Michael Goff  

|  March 21, 2017   |   Global Piracy

Enhance Data with Wi-Fi Geolocation

Software enabled with Revulytics Compliance Intelligence can capture specific geolocation data through Wi-Fi access points. This Wi-Fi geolocation data is now aggregated and displayed within embedded maps at the machine, domain and account levels, ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 15, 2017   |   Global Piracy

What Can China Teach Us About Software Piracy?

Will the Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Be Free for Pirates?

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Joseph Noonan  

|  September 16, 2015   |   Software Piracy

Top 20 Countries for Software Piracy and License Misuse

[UPDATE: Read our 2018 Report here] We analyzed aggregated CodeArmor Intelligence customer data* (the number of unique machines using unpaid software in 2014) to identify the Top 20 countries using pirated or unlicensed software.

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Michael Goff  

|  October 17, 2014   |   Global Piracy
February 28, 2014 Software Piracy

Software Piracy Trends - February 2014

Each month we check in with a member of the V.i. Labs Piracy Investigation Team to see what trends they're seeing in software piracy. This month tells us about the impact Chinese New Year had on new piracy infringements. It’s no secret that piracy ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 28, 2014   |   Software Piracy

BSA Study: Findings About Licensed Software

Did you attend our software license compliance panel in Waltham last week? If so, you may recall Peter Beruk from the BSA mentioning that they were going to be releasing a study this week.

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Michael Goff  

|  May 22, 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
April 01, 2013 Software Piracy

Unfair Competition Law an Opportunity for India, Snitch Line Leads to $106k Payment - Week in Review 4/1/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: Unfair Competition Law may create an opportunity for India and “snitch lines” get a bad rap.

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Michael Goff  

|  April 01, 2013   |   Software 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

ISP Six Strike Anti-Piracy Policy Goes Live, Software Piracy in India's Nehru Place and Japan's Recent Anti Piracy Crackdown - Week in Review 3/4/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week ISPs implemented their six strike anti-piracy policies, vendors highlighted software piracy in India to no avail and Japan released the results of a ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 04, 2013   |   Software Piracy

IIPA Recommends Thailand be Moved Off Priority Watch List, BSA Study Finds More Than Half of UK SMBs Have Used Illegal Software and Japan Launches Operation Decoy File - Weekly Review 2/11/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. Last week the powerful lobbying group, IIPA, recommended Thailand be removed from the USTR's Priority Watch List, the BSA conducted a study which found over 50% ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 11, 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
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
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
November 21, 2012 Software Piracy

Software Compliance Week in Review 11/19/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license compliance and piracy. Last week saw China’s head of Intellectual Property say the country’s piracy problem is exaggerated, an iOS app’s piracy tweets of shame, and the BSA certified ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  November 21, 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

Do The Right Thing (Software Piracy Edition)

One of the thoughts we often hear from software vendors echoes the famous quote from Bill Gates on software piracy in 1998: “Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, ...

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Michael Goff  

|  October 31, 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

Is the House Intelligence Committee Right To Worry About Huawei & Software Piracy?

We investigate the US House Intelligence Committee's charge that Huawei uses pirated software. Last week, the US House Intelligence Committee released a report labeling Huawei a national security threat and possibly in violation of a number of US ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 18, 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
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
December 01, 2011 Software Piracy

Cyber Monday Sting Operation Nets 150 Rogue Websites

This week a federal task force seized 150 websites accused of selling counterfeit goods in a sting timed with the unofficial start to the online holiday shopping season: Cyber Monday. While the sites involved were purveyors of tangible goods like ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 01, 2011   |   Software Piracy
November 18, 2011 Software Piracy

Thanksgiving Special: the 5 Biggest Turkeys in Software Piracy

 

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Michael Goff  

|  November 18, 2011   |   Software Piracy

Uncovering and converting new customers in emerging regions

Piracy data can be a powerful tool for ISV sales teams to glean valuable market intelligence, especially in emerging markets. When a license is cracked or bypassed, ISVs lose the ability to track the use of those particular products – there’s a gap ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 09, 2011   |   Software Piracy
September 02, 2010 Software Piracy

Shocking? LG Electronics Targeted in Software Piracy Investigation

Recent news that LG Electronics' Russian branch is the target of a software piracy investigation brings to mind one of my favorite scenes from the movie Casablanca. We see the following exchange between Captain Renault and bar owner Rick during a ...

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Michael Goff  

|  September 02, 2010   |   Software Piracy
June 15, 2009 Software Piracy

Wall Street Journal: Firm Alleges Code Theft in Web Filter

This article in the Wall Street Journal illustrates the paradox that exists with doing business in China. On the one hand, their weak enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights has resulted in high piracy rates for years with numerous examples ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 15, 2009   |   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
March 22, 2008 Software Piracy

USPTO's Program for Protecting IP Theft in China

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) office annouced a new program for businesses to help protect against counterfeiting and piracy. The focus of the seminar appears to be drafting enforceable IP agreements. Although needed, when it ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 22, 2008   |   Software Piracy
February 11, 2008 Software Piracy

China's anti-piracy efforts

After reading this recent article on the success of China's anti-piracy efforts, I realized how difficult it will be for specialized or high value software vendors to see the same gains. The article describes how "China had launched a crackdown and ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 11, 2008   |   Software Piracy