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Wall Street Journal: Firm Alleges Code Theft in Web Filter

June 15, 2009


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 of reverse engineering cases, but on the other hand, China is a tremendous business opportunity for U.S. software vendors that cannot be ignored.

The numbers illustrate these issue:

  • There are an estimated 15,000 software vendors in China
  • China graduates more than 100,000 programmers each year (NPR)
  • Packaged software revenues in China are expected to exceed $9B (Gartner)

Software developers and vendors should be worried about their software IP in China. Software protection or tracking usage through piracy business intelligence approaches may give vendors a way to proceed with caution when there is valuable software IP at stake.

- Vic

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.