Software pirates face additional pressure from US


Software pirates face additional pressure from US

Simon Quicke

British software pirates might have thought life was hard enough fending off the Business Software Alliance, the Federation Against Software Theft and Microsoft but the war against them just took a global turn with US anti-piracy groups wading in.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has filed lawsuits against pirates selling illegal Adobe software online in both the UK and Germany.

The lawsuits come just six months after the SIIA started surveying illegal internet software sales in Europe using local investigators to buy products to check if they are counterfeit.

The UK pirate in the cross hairs was caught selling counterfeit copies of Adobe software on eBay along with a case in Germany doing the same.

"These lawsuits represent a new front in our war on software piracy," said Keith Kupferschmid, senior vice president of intellectual property and enforcement for the SIIA.

"SIIA has successfully tracked and pursued hundreds of US software pirates, recouped millions of dollars for our member companies and, in some cases, put the culprits in jail," he added.

The SIIA has issued more than 100 writs against eBay sellers in the US in the last three years but decided that given the global nature of the web it would widen its net across Europe.

"With monitoring and enforcement underway in Europe, SIIA is now working to stop software pirates who swindle consumers and companies around the globe," said Kupferschmid.

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