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  • Software association paid $57K in 2010 to piracy whistleblowers

    In 2010, the Software and Information Industry Association received 157 reports of alleged corporate end user software piracy.  Of the 157 reports, 42 (or 27 per cent) were judged sufficiently reliable to pursue. Of these 16 qualified for rewards totaling $57,500.

  • Reports of software piracy on the rise: BSA

    The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has announced the results of its ‘Feeling uncomfortable at work’ campaign, with the number of Australian workers who reported piracy in their workplace increasing by 17 times.

  • The cloud will ‘change piracy’: BSAA

    Moving software to the cloud will have an impact on the piracy industry, according to co-chair of the Business Software Alliance of Australia (BSAA), Clayton Noble.

  • Police crack down on counterfeit goods

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have embarked on a major crackdown of counterfeit goods, including pirated software, computers and CDs and DVDs, in a move hailed by as a victory by software companies such as Microsoft and representatives of the music and film and TV industries.

  • Only 11 per cent of BitTorrent use is legitimate: Study

    The University of Ballarat has published a research paper claiming 89 per cent of BitTorrent files it studied during a certain period were confirmed to infringe copyright, a result immediately hailed by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft as a victory in its war against file sharing.

  • U.S. government to crack down on piracy

    U.S. President Barack Obama's administration will seek to aggressively enforce its intellectual property laws by putting pressure on countries that don't shut down piracy Web sites and by requiring all government contractors to check for illegal software, the White House announced.

  • Piracy stats BS, A?

    I am sceptical of most surveys in the tech industry, and am inclined to take them with a grain of salt, but I burst into guffaw on receipt of one incredulous gem from the Business Software Alliance, a conglomerate of the world's largest software providers.

  • Police raid nets 6500 pirate DVDs

    The Australian Federal Police have seized about 6500 pirate DVDs in a raid on an ACT premises, following an alert from Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) investigators.