Software companies often focus so directly on researching and developing new features that they fail to understand the value of ongoing customer interaction. R&D is siloed within software development, while sales and marketing are responsible for customer interactions. At Cylynt, we’ve learned the important lesson that R&D organizations also need to be involved in customer interactions. R& […]
Electronic design automation (EDA) software development leaders Synopsys, Inc. and Cadence Design Systems recently settled copyright infringement cases using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), providing hope to the industry that software piracy can be addressed with the right evidence and legal process. Both cases before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California wer […]
Our guest blogger Michael O’Connor is a visiting assistant professor at Penn State Law, with teaching and research focusing on cyber law. Before moving to academia, he spent nearly a decade practicing technology-focused law in Washington, D.C. His work in that sector is the basis for this discussion on how the International Trade Commission (ITC) can be used as a legal remedy to stem the tide of […]
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has released its 2018 global software survey and key takeaways are very enlightening. Conducted in partnership with International Data Corporation (IDC), the survey quantifies the volume and value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers across more than 110 national and regional economies.
The Trump administration announced new trade tariffs against China in March, claiming that the President is “standing up for American innovation.” Details from a U.S. Trade Representative investigation cited in the official announcement support what many of us in industries that are being pirated have been talking about for years and parallel piracy figures from a report released last year by the […]
As you probably are well aware by now, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect next month on May 25. Much is being written about it, and if you do any sales and/or marketing, you’re probably getting all kinds of emails warning you about the need to be compliant with the new regulations regarding your collection and processing of personal data.
A report from the National Association of Manufacturers connects the dots from software piracy to the loss of over 42,000 manufacturing jobs and over $239B in revenues, as shown in the figure on the right. While I believe the basis of the study and trust the methodology, there has always been some lingering doubt about the tangible impact to real-world victims. Recently, however, the ramifications […]