How Stolen Software Drowns Your Profits
Software piracy is defined as the illegal use, copying or distributing of software. That applies whether done “innocently,” by sharing software across extra computers at home or work, or by defrauding software makers as part of a $100 million global software piracy ring. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) estimates 36% of all software in use is stolen.
Types of software piracy include:
Softlifting: Borrowing and installing someone else’s copy of a software application.
Client-Server Overuse: Having more users of the software than are licensed.
Internet Piracy: Downloading software that is counterfeit or has been illegally acquired.
Hard-Disk Loading: Installing and selling unauthorized copies of software on used or new computers.
You continue to up your security, yet nothing seems to help. Counterfeiters, OEM unbundlers, corporate licensee under-reporting, and internet piracy just keep eating away at sales and margins. Ciphers are broken. Activation codes are circumvented. Channel “partners” keep pushing boundaries. What’s a software company to do? Constant upgrades tend to polarize the legitimate clients and increase operating costs.
Software theft is a serious crime. For software pirates, who profit mightily from the illegal copying and selling of software, it’s also serious business. Which means software producers are taking a big hit—along with law-abiding consumers, who likewise pay in the form of higher software prices.
If you’re a software developer or publisher, people are robbing from your company each time they illegally use, copy or distribute your product. You need some legal swashbucklers to seize control of the ship.
Sometimes litigation is the only way to send a message.
Piracy Prevention: Giving Would-Be Pirates the Heave-Ho
Bringing software pirates to justice is hard, but not impossible. If pirates are ignoring your efforts to stop the stealing, it’s time to turn to experienced litigators who can take over your fight and get results.
At Nexio, we stem the tide of counterfeiting through a streamlined process. At the end, software pirate are left with one of two options: Pay heavy penalties for unauthorized access to your work (in stances of code breaking) or pay up to $150,000 per work infringed. So the drowning ends, and you’re business is back afloat—and made whole.
Once we’ve brandished our legal cutlass, buccaneers set sail, and exit from your life. In other words, the stealing stops and you’re back to being in charge of your intellectual property.
How We Can Help
Software piracy is a specialized field of intellectual property law. It can be tricky to navigate the waters and bring software thieves to justice. But Nexio attorneys are equipped to stem the tide and reverse the current. We have a successful record for prosecuting and settling with parties who illegally use, copy, and distribute software. Let us help you regain control of your software and enforce usage rights. We’ll stop the pirates from drowning your profits and benefiting from your intellectual property.