2009internetpiracyreport - A REPORT BY THE BUSINESS...

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A REPORT BY THE BUSINESS SOFTWARE ALLIANCE OCTOBER 2009 Software Piracy on the Internet: A Threat To Your Security
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Contents Foreword ..................................................................................................................................................... 5 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................ 6. The.Many.Forms.of.Internet.Software.Piracy ................................................................................................ 8 The.Correlation.between.Malware.and.Piracy .............................................................................................. 11. The.Risks.to.Consumers ............................................................................................................................... 12 BSA.Investigations.of.Internet.Software.Piracy ............................................................................................. 13 Enforcement.Action ..................................................................................................................................... 14 Enforcement.Case.Studies ........................................................................................................................... 16 Government.Policy ...................................................................................................................................... 18 BSA.Partnerships.and.Educational.Outreach ................................................................................................. 20 The.Larger.Internet.Crime.Puzzle ................................................................................................................. 22 What.Consumers.Can.Do.to.Protect.Themselves .......................................................................................... 23 How.to.Report.Suspected.Piracy.and.Fraud .................................................................................................. 24 Conclusion .................................................................................................................................................. 25 Endnotes ..................................................................................................................................................... 26 CHARTS AND ILLUSTRATIONS Rate.of.Software.Piracy.vs..Malware.Infection .............................................................................................. 10 Software.Piracy.Sites.Also.Spread.Malware .................................................................................................. 10 Number.of.Online.Software.Auctions.Removed.Due.to.BSA.Requests .......................................................... 13
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5 Foreword For.the.second.year,.the.Business.Software.Alliance.(BSA).has.produced.the.Internet.Piracy.Report,.an.overview. of.the.scale.and.serious.negative.impacts.of.online.software.piracy,.including.a.retrospective.look.at.the.past. year’s.notable.enforcement.actions,.and.a.resource.for.those.who.wish.to.avoid.the.pitfalls.of.illegal.software. on.the.Internet..Overall,.this.year’s.report.makes.it.clear.that.software.piracy.is.as.pervasive.as.the.Internet.itself,. exposing.users.of.illicit.goods.to.a.host.of.risks.while.at.the.same.time.harming.the.economy..Individuals.who,. mistakenly.or.otherwise,.turn.to.auction.sites.and.peer-to-peer.networks.to.acquire.or.transfer.illegal.software. expose.themselves.to.everything.from.malware.and.identity.theft.to.criminal.prosecution.. Among.the.notable.cases.highlighted.in.this.year’s.report.is.that.of.Tommy.Rushing,.recently.sentenced.to.three. years.in.federal.prison.for.copyright.infringement.linked.to.four.for-profit.Web.sites.that.offered.pirated.copies.of. Adobe.and.Macromedia.software..Likewise,.Timothy.Dunaway.was.sentenced.to.41.months.in.prison.for.selling. counterfeit.computer.software.through.40.different.Web.sites..Outside.of.the.US,.a.District.Court.in.Taiwan. sentenced.two.individuals.to.six.months’.imprisonment.for.illegal.duplication.of.software,.while.Hungarian. authorities.raided.the.country’s.largest.illegal.software.distribution.company.and.seized.approximately.250. terabytes.of.illegal.content.stored.on.43.computer.servers..The.largest.case.in.the.world.was.in.China,.where. the.government.shut.down.and.convicted.the.leaders.of.tomatolei.com,.a.Web.site.offering.free.downloads.of. massive.quantities.of.illegal.software.originally.published.by.Adobe,.Autodesk,.Microsoft,.and.Symantec.. Alongside.enforcement,.this.year’s.Internet.Piracy.Report.also.highlights.how.BSA.works.proactively.to.educate. users.about.the.dangers.of.online.piracy..Pirated.products.often.fail.to.function.properly,.or.worse.still,.they.are.
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