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Topic: License Compliance

Carrot Vs. Stick: Making the Case for Data-Driven Software License Compliance

No one likes to be audited.

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Joseph Noonan  

|  January 30, 2020   |   License Compliance

Look Before You Click: The Risk of Buying Pirated Software

It looks like a great deal. For just $189.99, you can download the latest version of the Microsoft Office Professional 2019. Indeed, it seems too good to be true, but that offer is just one of many on several websites that sell discounted software.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 17, 2020   |   Software Piracy

Most Popular Software License Compliance Articles of 2019

As we look back on 2019, we want to share some of our most popular blog articles on software license compliance and piracy. 

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 30, 2019   |   Software Piracy

[GUEST POST] Debunking Myths about License Compliance Audits

We are excited to share this guest post from our partner Connor.

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Guest Author  

|  December 27, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Revulytics’ Vic DeMarines

Jason and Michael close out the year and Season 2 of the Piracy Impact Podcast with a great behind-the-scenes conversation with Revulytics’ VP of Product and Strategy, Vic DeMarines. Vic talks about his background in security software with companies ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 18, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Revulytics’ Jason Swan

Michael turns the microphone on Jason for a very special episode of the Piracy Impact Podcast! Hear Jason’s software license compliance origin story and how he made the transition from sales to compliance before joining Revulytics. Jason also shares ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 11, 2019   |   Software Piracy

[GUEST POST] Unexpected Benefits of a License Compliance Program

We are excited to share this guest post from our partner Connor.

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Guest Author  

|  December 05, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: John McInnes and Jodi McLane

Jason and Michael travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to speak with John McInnes and Jodi McLane, founding partners of intellectual property law firm McInnes & McLane. John and Jodi discuss the importance of software vendors laying the groundwork to ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 03, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Vinod Moza, Worldwide Head, License Compliance at Cadence Design Systems

In this episode we share the final interview from our conference in Paris where Jason spoke with Vinod Moza, Senior Group Director and Worldwide Head, License Compliance, at Cadence Design Systems. Vinod shares that “once confronted with the ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 19, 2019   |   Software Piracy

[GUEST POST] Licensing: How will a Compliance Program Impact my Customer Relationships?

We are excited to share this guest post from our partner Connor. For companies with limited resources, deciding to start a compliance program can be tricky. As we’ve outlined in our previous blog post, there are good reasons to establish a ...

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Guest Author  

|  November 14, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Rafael Amaral, Senior Partner at Kasznar Leonardos

Jason speaks with Rafael Amaral, senior partner at Brazilian intellectual property law firm Kasznar Leonardos. Rafael had just stepped off the stage from presenting at Revulytics’ recent conference in Paris, so he was ready to share his thoughts on ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 12, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Dominique Laffret, TopSolid

We feature another conversation from Jason’s trip to Paris when he spoke with Dominique Laffret, VP at leading CAD/CAM vendor TopSolid. Dominique discusses how they decided they needed to track and measure the illegal use of their software and how ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 05, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Law 21’s Borja Suarez

Jason traveled to Paris and spoke with Borja Suarez, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property law working in international environments at Law 21 in Madrid. Borja talks about the different methods of engagement when doing software license ...

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Michael Goff  

|  October 24, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Software Piracy in the United States [New Data]

According to the most recent BSA Global Software Survey in 2018, software piracy in the United States is reported to be at 15 percent (down from 19 percent in 2011), yet has a commercial value of $8.6 billion (down slightly from 9.7 billion in 2011).

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 21, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Software Piracy in Russia [New Data]

According to the most recent BSA Global Software Survey in 2018, software piracy in Russia is reported to be at 62 percent with a commercial value of $1.29 billion. While the piracy rate has remained relatively steady since 2011 (when it was 63 ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 11, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Software Piracy in China [New Data]

China’s reputation for its heavy use of pirated software is well established. According to the latest Revulytics Compliance Intelligence data, China topped our list of Top 20 license misuse and piracy hotspots.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  October 04, 2019   |   Software Piracy

[INFOGRAPHIC] 2019 Revulytics Software Piracy Statistics

Commercial Value of Unlicensed Software in North America and Western Europe Data from the BSA Global Software Survey 2018 shows significant revenue generation opportunities in regions with strong intellectual property (IP) laws.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  September 27, 2019   |   Software Piracy

6 Software Piracy Myths

As long as there has been software, there has been software misuse: both pirated use (companies using pirated versions of software with cracked licenses) and overuse (legitimate customers exceeding the legal use defined in a license agreement). ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  August 29, 2019   |   Software Piracy

What is Software Piracy?

What is Software Piracy? Software piracy is the use of unlicensed software where the user has never paid the software vendor a licensing fee for the application. It can be contrasted with “license overuse” where the user has paid a software vendor a ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  August 21, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Catch Software Pirates with Honey, Not Vinegar

Consider it a compliment that a company wants to use your software product, even if it’s an unlicensed version. After all, despite the financial hit, the culprit could have chosen a competitor’s product.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  August 14, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Four Data-Driven Ways To Combat Software Piracy

Piracy has long been a thorn in the side of the software industry. A 2018 survey found that worldwide, 37% of software installed on personal computers is unlicensed, with the commercial value of that unlicensed software coming in at $46.3 billion. ...

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Joseph Noonan  

|  August 06, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Gerber Technology’s VP and GM, Sam Simpson

Jason and Michael hit the road to Connecticut again - this time to talk to Gerber Technology’s VP and GM Sam Simpson. Sam talks about his more than 40 years at Gerber starting as a software engineer and now as vice president of the company’s global ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 31, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Milos Bogdanovic, Attorney at MSA IP in Serbia

Jason and Michael take advantage of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual meeting in Boston to speak with MSA IP’s Milos Bogdanovic. MSA IP – Milojevic, Sekulic and Associates is a boutique law firm which specializes in prosecution ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 24, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Former Dassault Systemes Anti-Piracy Head Andy Clarkson (Part 2)

Be sure to start with Episode 4 for part 1 of this conversation! In part 2 of this interview, Michael continues his conversation with former Dassault Systemes Anti-Piracy and Compliance Head Andy Clarkson. Andy shares more about the evolution of ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 17, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Former Dassault Systemes Anti-Piracy Head Andy Clarkson (Part 1)

In part 1 of this interview, Michael talks to former Dassault Systemes Anti-Piracy and Compliance Head Andy Clarkson about leaving a 24 year career in UK law enforcement to build a career at IBM and Dassault addressing software piracy. Andy shares ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 10, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: Shantanu Sahay, Partner at Anand & Anand in India

Jason and Michael take advantage of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual meeting in Boston to speak with Anand & Anand’s Shantanu Sahay. Anand and Anand is among the largest practices specializing in Intellectual Property laws in ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 02, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Piracy Impact Podcast: CNC Software’s Chief Legal Officer, Gary Hargreaves

Jason and Michael took a trip to Connecticut to talk to leading CAD/CAM vendor CNC Software’s Chief Legal Officer, Gary Hargreaves. The company’s Mastercam software is  designed to solve the world’s manufacturing challenges and has more than 250,000 ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 28, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Building C-Level Support for a Compliance Analytics Strategy

“It’s not a technology project, it’s a business project,” is often heard as stakeholders seek to build consensus and gain support for programs that require technical resources and buy-in. Yet, often times too much is expected of engineering ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  June 12, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Listen Up: The Piracy Impact Podcast is Live!

Interested in hearing from the leaders of software license compliance on the front lines of software piracy? Of course you are! These topics are usually covered in one-to-one conversations away from microphones, so we are excited to bring you a new ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 06, 2019   |   Software Piracy

Was ist Software-Compliance-Analyse?

Softwarepiraten zu zahlenden Kunden machen Softwarepiraterie ist nach wie vor ein großes Thema. Lizenzüberschreitungen durch Kunden sind immer noch ein großes Problem. Lassen Sie uns also über Software-Compliance-Analysen und Daten sprechen, die ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 25, 2019   |   Software Piracy

What Is Software Compliance Analytics?

Converting Software Pirates to Paying Customers Software piracy is still a big issue. Customer overuse is still a big issue. So let’s talk about software compliance analytics and the data that helps you convert pirates into paying customers. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 25, 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

Reducing Legal Exposure in Software License Auditing

Over the years, the software vendors conducting the most licensing audits haven’t changed much, according to the most recent survey by the International Business Software Managers Association (IBSMA). Microsoft, Adobe and IBM still top that list. ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 04, 2018   |   Software Piracy

Using Compliance Analytics Data to Improve Your Software Audit Program

According to Gartner, analytics enables software providers to improve retention and revenue by “tracking how often and when the software (including specific modules) is being used, allowing identification of licensing compliance gaps.” Let’s ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  November 21, 2018   |   Software Piracy

Software Analytics in Action – Should I Dump an Old Feature That Complicates UI Changes?

A wide range of changes will occur throughout the lifecycle of an application. Initially they may be to address bugs and add new functionality, but as a product becomes more mature and stable, product managers may struggle to balance sustaining ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 23, 2018   |   License Compliance
July 16, 2018 Software Piracy

What is Unpaid Software?

According to the 2018 BSA Global Software Survey, the commercial value of unlicensed software was $46.3 billion dollars. Revulytics compliance analytics has supported customer compliance programs generating more than $2.4 billion in new license ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 16, 2018   |   Software Piracy

2018 Revulytics Software Piracy Statistics and Thoughts on the BSA Global Software Survey

BSA | The Software Alliance recently released its 2018 Global Software Survey and I thought it would be useful to review some of the findings and their implications for software vendors and end user organizations.

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Joseph Noonan  

|  June 07, 2018   |   Software Piracy

Why Private Equity Investors Are Talking About Compliance Intelligence

Having pretty much maxed out cost-cutting opportunities, private equity investors are increasingly looking for ways to boost top-line growth for the companies in their portfolios, with the aim of keeping pace amid market conditions and investor ...

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Joseph Noonan  

|  May 09, 2018   |   License Compliance

A Better Way to Fight Software Piracy

If you’re in the software industry, then you already know that piracy is big business. The BSA recently estimated the commercial value of unlicensed software to be $46.3 billion (be sure to read “2018 Revulytics Software Piracy Statistics and ...

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Joseph Noonan  

|  November 14, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Implement Consumption-Based Licensing

Perhaps you are familiar with the concept of usage-based automobile insurance, which leverages telematics to more closely align premium rates with actual driving behaviors. Progressive, for instance, has an offering that monitors driving behavior ...

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Keith Fenech  

|  September 26, 2017   |   License Compliance
June 13, 2017 Software Piracy

[Video] Targeted Software License Compliance to Increase Revenue

Are you responsible for license compliance at a software company? This short video will show you how Revulytics proven solution enables you to identify non-compliant use and recover license revenue without alienating your users.

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Michael Goff  

|  June 13, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Three Tips for Leveraging In-App Messaging to Drive Software Piracy Conversions

At the cornerstone of technology giant Adobe’s strategies to combat software piracy is a simple truth – pirates are often victims who thought they legitimately paid for the software. Hackers have become so sophisticated that landing pages to ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 08, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Imagining Your “Ideal” Day as a Software Compliance Manager (Part 5)

So far, we’ve been guiding you through your “ideal day”: the compliance manager’s state-of-the-art experience. In our first three posts, we talked about streamlining and automating the process of uncovering infringement you can monetize. Then, in ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  March 01, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Imagining Your “Ideal” Day as a Software Compliance Manager (Part 4)

Efficiently moving cases to action With conventional compliance management systems, it can be difficult to organize and manage the cases you’re pursuing – especially as you scale, and must share just the right information with sales teams, ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 17, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Imagining Your “Ideal” Day as a Software Compliance Manager (Part 3)

Refining and prioritizing your leads with exceptionally detailed information In our previous post, we showed how you can quickly get access to large amounts of accurate and usable information about potentially infringing clients and prospects. Now, ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 10, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Actionable Compliance Intelligence with Data Optimizer

If you want a successful compliance program that will generate top-line revenue for your company, collecting infringement data is not enough. Detecting and reporting on the unlicensed use of your software is just the first step in taking a proactive ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  February 02, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Imagining Your “Ideal” Day as a Software Compliance Manager (Part 2)

In our recent post, we asked you to imagine your “ideal” day as a compliance manager – and we explored why too few compliance managers experience days like that. In this and future posts, we’ll take a closer look at what your ideal experience can ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 27, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Don’t Trust Your Data to Just Anyone

At a time when we are all too quick to click “Agree” and share our data in exchange for access to the latest cool app (or a coupon for 10% off your next purchase), it may be time to paraphrase Bo Diddley and ask a new question: “Who Do You Trust?” ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 25, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Imagining Your “Ideal” Day as a Software Compliance Manager (Part 1)

If you’re a compliance manager, I invite you to imagine your ideal day.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  January 17, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Compliance Analytics in 2017: Seven Stats to Consider

As we enter the New Year, it is customary for a wide-eyed sense of optimism to permeate much of our work. Perhaps this feeling has seeped into how you’re looking at fighting software piracy in 2017. “We sorted out a bunch of customers in 2016 and ...

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Michael Goff  

|  January 09, 2017   |   Software Piracy

Top Revulytics News in 2016: Lessons from Pokemon Go

Facebook recently revealed its list of the most talked about topics on its users’ news feeds in 2016. Running in third, behind arguably more important discourse on the US presidential election and Brazilian politics, was the international phenomenon ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 29, 2016   |   Software Piracy

The Biggest Piracy Stories of 2016

In the tech world, we’re quite fond of the “end-of-year” story roundup. A quick Google search on the topic will yield a variety of layouts and angles that is sure to satisfy whatever thirst for nerdom you’re looking to quench  – whether it’s a look ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 23, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Boeing’s $17B Iran Deal and the Opportunity for Software Vendors

You have likely seen the news about Boeing’s $17 billion deal with Iran Air for 80 aircraft, but have you wondered about what it means for software vendors? While there is some uncertainty around whether the deal will withstand the scrutiny of the ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 15, 2016   |   Software Piracy
August 25, 2016 Software Piracy

Make Sure Your Software Intelligence Investment Pays Off

Tip 7:  Make Sure Your Software Intelligence Investment Pays Off

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Michael Goff  

|  August 25, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Get Actionable Data to Ensure Revenue Generation is in Your Future

Tip 6:  Get Actionable Data to Ensure Revenue Recovery is in Your Future

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Michael Goff  

|  August 16, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Proper Vetting, Implementation Can Make or Break a Software Intelligence Program

Tip 5:  Proper Vetting, Implementation Can Make or Break a Software Intelligence Program

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Michael Goff  

|  August 09, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Get the Best Tools to Defeat Software Pirates and Generate Revenue

Tip 4:  Get the Best Tools to Defeat Pirates and Generate Revenue

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Michael Goff  

|  July 28, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Recognize the Limitations of Conventional Approaches to Addressing Software Piracy

Tip 3:  Recognize the Limitations of Conventional Approaches to Preventing Software Piracy

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Michael Goff  

|  July 22, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Get Executive Support for a Top License Compliance Program

Tip 2: Get Executive Support for a Top License Compliance Program

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Michael Goff  

|  July 13, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Acknowledge that Software Piracy is a Big Problem (and Opportunity)

Tip 1: Acknowledge that Piracy is a Big Problem (and Opportunity)

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Michael Goff  

|  June 29, 2016   |   Software Piracy

Software Piracy: Who’s the Real Victim?

As part of V.i. Labs' education campaign with FAST (Federation Against Software Theft), I'll be joining FAST's General Counsel, Julian Heathcote Hobbins, on June 14 for a webcast conversation about the changing approaches to users of pirated ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 02, 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

"We Already Have In-Application Messaging"

You aren't experiencing deja vu - I've used my favorite scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail before (when discussing the differences between collecting data and software intelligence). I love the scene where King Arthur invites the French to ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 11, 2016   |   License Compliance

Generating Sales-Ready Leads through Inbound Marketing

A steady stream of fresh and sales-ready leads is critical to the success of software companies competing in increasingly crowded markets. In this blog, we will discuss using inbound marketing in new ways to generate software license revenue.

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Michael Goff  

|  December 02, 2015   |   License Compliance

Good News, Bad News for Software Vendors

The Good News:  The good news is that commerce today is global in scope. Products manufactured in Spain are marketed in Brazil, Japan and Canada. Investments, supply chains, and manufacturing infrastructures are producing wares for consumption in ...

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Michael Goff  

|  October 07, 2015   |   Software Piracy

How to Double Your Software Trial Conversion Rates

If you sell packaged software, you most likely offer some form of free trial.  For 30 years, this has been the de facto standard way to grow your user base one seat at a time.  Yet industry experts quote a download to paid conversion rate ranging ...

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Jim Nauen  

|  April 28, 2015   |   License Compliance

[Video] Meet the V.i. Labs Advisory Board

Get to know the members of V.i. Labs Advisory Board through these short video interviews:

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Michael Goff  

|  December 12, 2014   |   License Compliance
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 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
June 20, 2014 Software Piracy

The Five Stages of Software Compliance Maturity

Many companies either do not realize that they have a piracy problem, or underestimate the scope of it. The fact is that piracy continues to be a worldwide problem and for many software companies, revenue losses from the use of unlicensed software ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  June 20, 2014   |   Software Piracy
May 20, 2014 Software Piracy

Track Me! Your Customers Should Want You To Track Software Use

One of the most common misconceptions about embarking on a track and recover strategy is that existing customers will never accept software application tracking in any form. After helping numerous billion dollar software companies implement and ...

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Jim Nauen  

|  May 20, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Pirated Software Use and the Customer Lifecycle

I had the privilege of attending the cleverbridge Networking Event in Edinburgh, Scotland last week. I spoke on the topic of software piracy ("Ignore It or Make Money from It") and how software usage intelligence uncovers a hidden and untapped ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 15, 2014   |   Software Piracy
April 30, 2014 Software Piracy

Want a Successful Global Compliance Program? Here are some Brutal Truths

Unlicensed software is a multi-billion dollar problem for the software industry. Despite this, companies that take a pro-active approach to identify the users of their unlicensed software have a significant opportunity to recover revenues and add to ...

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Jason Swan  

|  April 30, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Consumer Software Compliance Strategies: Taking a Lesson From the Mobile Space

Software compliance in the business-to-business (B2B) space has a number of time tested ways to professionally approach and convert companies that are breaching their legal entitlements. How then, do you deal with consumers who are downloading ...

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Jim Nauen  

|  March 25, 2014   |   Software Piracy
March 21, 2014 Software Piracy

Recapping the IBSMA Compliance Manager Summit [Podcast]

Last week V.i. Labs sponsored the IBSMA Compliance Manager Summit in Santa Clara, CA. The conference was jam-packed with industry-expert speakers and software license compliance content.

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Michael Goff  

|  March 21, 2014   |   Software Piracy
February 20, 2014 Software Piracy

ICYMI: BSA, FAST and SIIA Joined V.i. Labs for Software Piracy Panel

In case you missed it, we recorded our 4th Annual License Compliance and Software Piracy Panel Discussion on February 13 featuring Peter Beruk from BSA | The Software Alliance, Julian Heathcote Hobbins from FAST (Federation Against Software Theft), ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 20, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Making Money From Software Piracy

This article originally appeared on Building Keystones from cleverbridge Infringing Use Means Your Software is Useful Emotions can run strong when you discover that your software has been cracked and pirated versions of your software are widely ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 17, 2014   |   Software Piracy

Apptricity and the Army: Lessons in Unpaid Software

Regular readers of this blog have likely heard that the U.S. government is paying logistics software vendor Apptricity $50 million to settle a case involving unpaid software. While most news headlines are shouting about software piracy, Apptricity's ...

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Michael Goff  

|  December 03, 2013   |   Software Piracy
November 19, 2013 Software Piracy

[Video] Generate License Revenue from Unpaid Software

Are you responsible for driving revenue at a software company? This short video will show you how Revulytics’ proven solution helps you to recover the license revenue you lose due to unpaid software use.

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Michael Goff  

|  November 19, 2013   |   Software Piracy

More on Making Software Piracy a Revenue Source

Craig Vodnik, co-founder and VP Operations at Cleverbridge, published a fantastic article yesterday titled, “How to Make Software Piracy a Revenue Source.” It was great to see another voice in our industry turning conventional wisdom on its head ...

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Michael Goff  

|  October 11, 2013   |   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

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

Week in Review 4/22/2013

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software piracy and copyright infringement. In this edition: a Finnish topsite trial results in suspended sentences and reduced damages, and a distributor of pirated AllData software avoids jail and pays ...

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Michael Goff  

|  April 23, 2013   |   Software Piracy
December 17, 2012 Software Piracy

FAST's Defense of Trading Standards' Budget, Possible Expansion of a Private Copying Levies in Austria, and Taobao and Sohu's Removal From the USTR Piracy List - Week in Review 12/17/2012

Welcome back to V.i. Labs’ weekly update on software license protection, piracy and international copyright law. This week we cover FAST's defense of Trading Standards' budget, possible expansion of a private copying levies in Austria and Taobao and ...

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Victor DeMarines  

|  December 17, 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 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 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
June 19, 2012 Software Piracy

Top 5 Things to Know About Combating License Misuse and Overuse with Software Intelligence

We have sponsored a white paper by IDC’s Amy Konary that she has titled, “Information Is Power: Combating Software License Misuse and Overuse with Intelligence.” It comments on the state of software piracy and discusses steps software vendors can ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 19, 2012   |   Software Piracy
May 17, 2012 Software Piracy

Shining a Light on the Shadow Market

The 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study claims a $63 billion global piracy problem with 57% of users admitting they pirate software, but enforcement techniques like whistle blower campaigns and take down notices can yield bad PR. Software ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 17, 2012   |   Software Piracy

Pick Your Battles - Fighting the Right License Compliance Fights

One of the best lessons you learn as a parent is to “pick your battles.” You only have so much energy and (emotional) capital to spend so it is important to make sure the battle is on a significant issue and that the outcome will yield positive ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 26, 2012   |   Software Piracy

What’s Your Next Move? Addressing License Overuse and Piracy.

Are your customers using more licenses than allowed under the terms of their license agreement? Are there companies using pirated versions of your software? Just like chess, you need to make the right moves and think ahead to win these battles. Your ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 16, 2012   |   Software Piracy

Let’s Get Together: Talking About License Compliance

Despite living in an era of social media (where there are seemingly more ways of sharing information than there are people), I'm amazed by how little substantive conversation there is on the topic of license compliance. Of course, there is plenty of ...

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Michael Goff  

|  March 09, 2012   |   License Compliance

What’s In It For Me? Calculating Your License Compliance Revenue Opportunity

I came across some interesting data in the SIIA Anti-Piracy 2011 Year in Review: SIIA received 197 reports of alleged corporate software piracy in 2011 Of the 197 reports, 46 (23%) were judged sufficiently reliable to pursue (under SIIA’s ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 24, 2012   |   Software Piracy

Sometimes the Best Defense is a Good Offense (Just Ask the Patriots)

This has been an intriguing year for professional football, one in which the old adage of “defense wins championships” has been sorely tested. Of the four remaining teams in the playoffs last week, the two teams with top five defenses, Baltimore and ...

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Jim Nauen  

|  January 30, 2012   |   License Compliance
January 18, 2012 Software Piracy

FAST: 2012 Licence Compliance and Software Piracy Panel Agenda

FAST general Counsel, Julian Heathcote Hobbins confirmed panelist in leading industry webinar The Federation Against Software Theft is to take part in the V.i. Labs’ ‘License Compliance and Software Piracy Panel Discussion’ webinar taking place on ...

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Michael Goff  

|  January 18, 2012   |   Software Piracy
December 11, 2011 Software Piracy

Introducing the V.i. Labs Data Service

Learn more about Data Optimizer (formerly V.i. Labs Data Service) and how it helps software vendors streamline license revenue recovery.

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Michael Goff  

|  December 11, 2011   |   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
November 17, 2011 Software Piracy

SOPA: A step in the right direction but ultimately misses the mark

Yesterday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on an interesting piece of legislation. The bill, known as SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, has caused quite a stir over implications of internet censorship and homeland security. I don’t ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 17, 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
November 02, 2011 Software Piracy

CodeArmor 3.3 provides Software Business Intelligence for Mac OS

We released the latest version of our flagship CodeArmor Intelligence product that now brings its powerful software business intelligence technology to Apple’s Mac OS. CodeArmor Intelligence 3.3 provides ISVs developing software for the Mac OS the ...

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Michael Goff  

|  November 02, 2011   |   Software Piracy
October 07, 2011 Software Piracy

V.i. Labs featured on IDG Connect

V.i. Labs was recently invited to address the topic of license compliance and revenue recovery for the global business community at IDG Connect. As many of you have read here, the progression from discovery to enlightenment across the scale of ...

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Michael Goff  

|  October 07, 2011   |   Software Piracy
September 16, 2011 Software Piracy

Automating Software License Revenue Recovery

Learn how to automate the process of turning unlicensed users into paying customers with CodeArmor Intelligence’s automated compliance capabilities.

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Michael Goff  

|  September 16, 2011   |   Software Piracy
September 13, 2011 Software Piracy

Culture of indifference toward software piracy in UK businesses

We’ve discussed the issue of piracy by businesses here in the past, as well as the challenges facing ISVs when it comes to identifying unlicensed use. Last April, we recorded a podcast that compared various sources of software piracy leads.

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Michael Goff  

|  September 13, 2011   |   Software Piracy

When is Unlicensed Use of Software “Viral Marketing?” [Podcast]

Join Dan Thompson and Michael Goff for a conversation about unlicensed use of software as viral marketing.

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Michael Goff  

|  August 15, 2011   |   Software Piracy

Software Piracy Lemonade - Part 3

Perhaps it's because I tend to be an optimistic, "glass half full" kind of guy, but I really do like this analogy quite a bit (you may recall reading the original post and Part 2). My original premise started with these thoughts:

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Michael Goff  

|  July 20, 2011   |   Software Piracy

New Podcast on $1 Billion Piracy Pipeline Milestone

Join Michael Goff and Vic DeMarines for a discussion about our recent announcement that more than $1 billion in revenue recovery opportunity has been identified by top customers since deploying CodeArmor Intelligence.

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Michael Goff  

|  May 14, 2011   |   Software Piracy

Einstein's Software Piracy Strategy

Definition of Insanity Over the last six months I have visited a large number of software companies to discuss how they handle Software Piracy. If they aren’t ignoring the problem, they generally fall into one of two camps: Those that feel license ...

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Jim Nauen  

|  March 09, 2011   |   Software Piracy
February 18, 2011 Software Piracy

Exposing a Culture of Widespread Software Piracy

"Angry employees tattling on companies that violate software licenses" Network World's Carolyn Duffy Marsan recently reported on disgruntled IT pros who are blowing the whistle on their companies' use of unlicensed software. She notes that "in a ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 18, 2011   |   Software Piracy

New Podcast and Data on License Overuse and Overt Piracy

Join Dan Thompson and Michael Goff for a conversation on the differences between license overuse and overt piracy - and the different strategies that software vendors are using to respond to each type of piracy.

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Michael Goff  

|  February 17, 2011   |   Software Piracy
February 11, 2011 Software Piracy

Join Us for a Software Piracy Panel Discussion with SIIA and FAST

Software Piracy Panel Discussion We're getting excited for our panel discussion this Wednesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. EST (4:00 p.m. GMT/8:00 a.m. PST). We've had a great response so far and hope you'll be able to join the discussion.

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Michael Goff  

|  February 11, 2011   |   Software Piracy
February 01, 2011 Software Piracy

"It’s Time to Sell the Yugo," or "Why Software Compliance and Piracy Enforcement Needs a 25 Year Upgrade"

A few weeks ago as I was getting ready to speak at a local HTCIA chapter in California, I started thinking about how little progress has been made in Software Compliance over the last 25 years. Having recovered over $130 million in compliance ...

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Jim Nauen  

|  February 01, 2011   |   Software Piracy
January 24, 2011 Software Piracy

Software Piracy Panel Discussion with SIIA and FAST

What are you doing on Wednesday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. EST (4:00 p.m. GMT/8:00 a.m. PST)?

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Michael Goff  

|  January 24, 2011   |   Software Piracy
December 10, 2010 Software Piracy

Vendor Responses to Software Piracy - Part 2, “The Reaction Phase”

Join host Dan Thompson and guest Michael Goff for the second of three podcasts that address vendor responses to software piracy (listen to Part 1 on the "Discovery Phase").

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Michael Goff  

|  December 10, 2010   |   Software Piracy
October 18, 2010 Software Piracy

New Podcast on Piracy Revenue Pipeline

Join host Dan Thompson and guest Michael Goff to learn more about the new Piracy Revenue Pipeline ticker on V.i. Labs' homepage and how it compares to the BSA's annual global piracy study.

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Michael Goff  

|  October 18, 2010   |   Software Piracy
October 05, 2010 Software Piracy

What is a Piracy Revenue Pipeline?

You may have noticed a new addition to our website in the last couple of weeks - the Piracy Revenue Pipeline counter:

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Michael Goff  

|  October 05, 2010   |   Software Piracy

New Podcast on CodeArmor Intelligence 3.0 and Salesforce.com Announcements

Go behind the scenes with host Dan Thompson and guest Victor DeMarines for more details on our recent announcements of CodeArmor Intelligence 3.0 and our partnership with Salesforce.com.

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Michael Goff  

|  September 16, 2010   |   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
August 05, 2010 Software Piracy

A to Z of Software Piracy - AWR vs. ZTE

EE Times' Dylan McGrath has reported on electronic design automation (EDA) vendor AWR Corp. filing a complaint in U.S. federal court against telecom equipment supplier ZTE. AWR alleges that ZTE has installed and used unlicensed versions of its ...

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Michael Goff  

|  August 05, 2010   |   Software Piracy
July 30, 2010 Software Piracy

Finding Your Hidden Sales Pipeline: How to Use Piracy Business Intelligence to Identify and Recover Software License Revenue

Piracy is a challenge for software vendors to address because they are unsure if they have a problem, can’t measure how much revenue they are losing, or don’t know how to identify the businesses using unlicensed software. Vendors tend to find ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 30, 2010   |   Software Piracy

Software Piracy Lemonade

Most of you are probably familiar with the expression, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Stated more simply: make something sweet out of something sour.

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Michael Goff  

|  July 16, 2010   |   Software Piracy

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

Software Piracy and Whac-A-Mole?

Ars Technica has an interesting article by Nate Anderson, Rightsholders tire of takedown Whac-A-Mole, seek gov’t help. The article focuses on the content industries’ challenge of keeping up with the torrential (pun intended) flood of infringing ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 04, 2010   |   Software Piracy
April 15, 2010 Software Piracy

Piracy Estimates Inadequate - So Now What?

There's been a lot of commentary on the GAO's recent report, "Observations on Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods." Ars Technica reported that the "US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus," ...

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Michael Goff  

|  April 15, 2010   |   Software Piracy

2010 CODiE Award Finalist

We're honored and proud to have the CodeArmor platform named a 2010 CODiE Award Finalist for the Best Digital Rights Management Solution - it's a great way to start off 2010 after such a strong 2009!

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Michael Goff  

|  March 01, 2010   |   Software Piracy
February 02, 2010 Software Piracy

Piracy Business Intelligence in 2009

Last week we announced some of our major accomplishments in 2009. Perhaps the most interesting is the number of ISVs now tackling their software piracy problems through piracy business intelligence.

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Michael Goff  

|  February 02, 2010   |   Software Piracy
January 08, 2010 Software Piracy

Annual End of the Year Software Piracy Quiz

Ready to play our annual year in review quiz? Take this quiz and submit your answers* to mgoff@vilabs.com - we will draw from the correct entries and award a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate! *Entries must be received by 12:00am EST on January 30, ...

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Michael Goff  

|  January 08, 2010   |   Software Piracy
October 26, 2009 Software Piracy

Seminar on Software Piracy Risks and Strategies

We were in San Francisco at The Palace Hotel last week for a private luncheon and seminar on software piracy risks and strategies.

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Michael Goff  

|  October 26, 2009   |   Software Piracy
September 16, 2009 Software Piracy

New Version of CodeArmor Intelligence, Real Data, and New Piracy Research

Today we announced CodeArmor Intelligence 2.0 - here's a short three minute video that Vic did covering some of the aggregate data our deployed customers have shared with us along with highlights on some of the new features (including dynamic ...

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Michael Goff  

|  September 16, 2009   |   Software Piracy
July 21, 2009 Software Piracy

V.i. Labs Software Piracy Risk Assessment Report - July 2009

We have been continuing to gather and analyze data on software piracy since we issued our first reports last summer and are ready to issue the first part of our Software Piracy Risk Assessment Report.

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Victor DeMarines  

|  July 21, 2009   |   Software Piracy
June 24, 2009 Software Piracy

Fighting Piracy on the High Seas: Offense vs. Defense

My colleague, Vic DeMarines, will be speaking on a panel at DAC (Design Automation Conference) on Tuesday, July 28. The panel, Fighting Piracy on the High Seas: Offense vs. Defense, is going to be led by the EDA Consortium's anti-piracy chairman ...

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Michael Goff  

|  June 24, 2009   |   Software Piracy
June 16, 2009 Software Piracy

Forbes: The Inevitability Of Internet Pirates

Andy Kessler has an interesting commentary on piracy on Forbes.com titled, "The Inevitability Of Internet Pirates."

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Michael Goff  

|  June 16, 2009   |   Software Piracy
June 11, 2009 Software Piracy

eWeek - How to Combat Software Piracy: From Reaction to Revenue Recovery

My fellow blogger, Vic, wrote an article for eWeek's Knowledge Center:

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Michael Goff  

|  June 11, 2009   |   Software Piracy

Report from Mass Technology Leadership Council's unConference

A few of us from V.i. Labs attended the Mass Technology Leadership Council's spring unConference this past Friday.

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Michael Goff  

|  June 08, 2009   |   Software Piracy

BSA: Industries with Highest Reports of Software Piracy in U.S.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported the top 10 U.S. Industries with the highest reports of software piracy yesterday:

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Michael Goff  

|  May 29, 2009   |   Software Piracy
May 21, 2009 Software Piracy

Finding Software Pirates

Today we announced the latest version of CodeArmor Intelligence that adds integration with Google Maps and enhanced gateway server filtering that uses rules to modify, delete or log data before sending it to the reporting interface. It uses regular ...

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Michael Goff  

|  May 21, 2009   |   Software Piracy

What's In It for ISVs? The BSA/IDC Global Software Piracy Study

The BSA released its Sixth Annual Global Piracy Study today and we issued our reaction to it.

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Michael Goff  

|  May 12, 2009   |   Software Piracy
May 12, 2009 Software Piracy

Doing the right thing

  Three weeks ago the owners of the Pirate Bay - a bitorrent sharing site - were fined a large amount of money in the verdict of the Pirate Bay trial. This made a lot of people angry. Especially the people downloading pirated content.

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Michael Goff  

|  May 12, 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
April 06, 2009 Software Piracy

IP Addresses Become Fair Game?

According to the BBC when the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) - enabling copyright holders to force Internet service providers (ISPs) to reveal details of users sharing files - came into effect on April 1st, Internet ...

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Michael Goff  

|  April 06, 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
February 26, 2008 Software Piracy

Combating piracy by lowering software prices?

SIIA’s Anti-piracy division 2007 year in review report lists the top pirated software titles. They include some of the most popular and used software in both the consumer and business space. If I exclude Adobe Creative Suite and AutoCAD, the ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 26, 2008   |   Software Piracy

Organized Crime Adopts Software Piracy

A anti-piracy raid uncovers organized crime links. Further evidence of how piracy has evolved from a hobby to a an illegal business. Crime syndicates would not be interested in piracy unless it was easy and profitable. There have been other studies ...

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Michael Goff  

|  July 30, 2007   |   Software Piracy
February 15, 2007 Software Piracy

eBay Software Piracy Case

SIIA reported that on February 6th, Gad Zamir, 64, was arrested for software piracy. Zamir had been selling copies of Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise for $7,750 (the program retails for $25,000) and copies of Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 2 for ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 15, 2007   |   Software Piracy
February 15, 2007 License Compliance

Methods to Reduce Game Piracy

Good discussion on methods to reduce Game piracy on Gameproducer.NET (http://www.gameproducer.net/2007/02/13/7-ways-to-prevent-piracy/#comment-54812).  There are some familiar points being raised for preventing piracy and applying software ...

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Michael Goff  

|  February 15, 2007   |   License Compliance
September 08, 2006 Software Piracy

Software Piracy Is Well Organized

These two recent examples show how organized the business of software piracy is: http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2006/09/04/daily25.html?jst=b_ln_hl http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2009456,00.asp From this it is very clear ...

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Michael Goff  

|  September 08, 2006   |   Software Piracy