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Friday, April 28th, 2006, 9:19 am

Piracy Bounty Raised

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A great proportion of today’s software is illegally copied

FOR those who insist on using proprietary commercial software (or, in some cases, Open yet not Free open-source software), there are probably more reasons to fear. Apart from Genuine Advantage in Windows — that which delivers critical updates only to legal copies of the operating system — there is a further crackdown on illegal use of software in the UK. As one article suggests:

Anti-software piracy group the Business Software Alliance is offering a $36,000 reward to anyone who informs on employers who use illegal or unlicensed software.

The days are over when vendors turn a blind eye to piracy, wishing that the prospective cutomer becomes dependent on the package and locked in due to closed formats. With largely networked machines, network licences can be enforced, often in the form of invasion to privacy and communication that is made behind the user’s back. Be warned.

One Response to “Piracy Bounty Raised”

  1. Office Max! Says:

    Piracy Bounty Raised
    Business software users should be aware of bounties the Business Software Alliance will pay to find software pirates….

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