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BSA Global Software Survey, June 2018

The Business Software Association's latest software survey, conducted in partnership with International Data Corporation, attempts to quantify the volume and value of unlicensed software installed on PCs across more than 110 national and regional economies. The results show that although chief information officers are aware that using unlicensed software creates security risks, 37 percent of software installed on PCs is still unlicensed. The report thus makes clear that in this era of heightened cybersecurity risk, organizations need to take the critical first step of assessing what is in their network and eliminating unlicensed software. In doing so, they can reduce the risk of harmful cyber attacks and boost the bottom line.

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National Association of Manufacturers Economic Impact of Global Software Theft on U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness and Innovation

This study demonstrates that IP theft harms not just the owners, but also the entire U.S. economy. Far too many manufacturers in emerging markets use these practices as a means to compete unfairly with law-abiding manufacturers, costing the U.S. economy jobs, industry revenue and GDP.

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CNN Declassified: The Inside Story of Catching a Cyberpirate

Crack99-inset.jpgWiggin and Dana partner David L. Hall will be featured on the CNN program "Declassified" on Saturday, September 2 at 9 p.m. The episode focuses on Hall's book, CRACK99 detailing his Chinese cyber piracy investigation and prosecution as a federal prosecutor. 

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2017 IP Commission Report Update on the Theft of American Intellectual Property

In a newly-released 2017 update to the original report, the commission provides a new assessment of the problem and examines the progress that has been made on the original 2013 report recommendations. The report covers new developments in government attempts to counter IP theft, updated figures on damages from IP theft, and the state of IP regulations and protections abroad.

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2013 IP Commission Report on the Theft of American Intellectual Property

In 2013, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property released a report detailing the enormity of the issue of intellectual property (IP) theft in the United States and made recommendations for combatting the problem. The commission is an independent bipartisan initiative of American leaders from the private sector, national security, foreign affairs, academia, and politics with three purposes: document and assess the causes and scale of international IP theft as they affect the U.S., document and assess the role of China and other infringers, and propose policy responses to mitigate the damage of IP theft, as well as obtain greater enforcement of IP rights by China and other infringers.

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Chinese Trade Secrets International Trade Commission Case

Chinese company Sino Legend Chemical Co. was unsuccessful on Jan. 9 in persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case questioning the ITC's authority to ban importation of its products to the U.S. for 10 years after having found the company stole trade secrets from a U.S. competitor.

To learn more about this case and its implications for software IP piracy, click here.

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White Paper: Using Cultural Intelligence to Enhance Your Compliance Program

There are fundamental differences in values, behaviors, and attitudes that are expressed in cultures worldwide, and these have a significant impact on decision-making processes in business situations between different countries. When trying to confront infringers on their own, companies can make costly mistakes if they are not sensitive to regional cultures and laws.

To learn more, download our the white paper here.

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This in-depth forum showcased new anti-piracy technologies and best practices. Click here to learn more about the agenda and guest speakers.


SmartFlow Best Practices: Five "Dos and Don'ts" for Protecting Your Software From Piracy

  1. Maximize your U.S. contacts
  2. Beef up your software license agreement
  3. Build evidence gathering technology into your software
  4. Make sure your policing efforts are timely and you are serious
  5. Prioritize your efforts

To learn more, download our best practices Five "Dos and Dont's" for Protecting Your Software Piracy here.


EU-US Privacy Shield – Practical Guidance for US Organisations

Earlier this month the European Commission adopted the Privacy Shield, the new EU-approved mechanism for the transatlantic transfer of personal data, replacing the now defunct Safe Harbor scheme. This article provides practical guidance for organizations considering self-certifying under the new framework. Click here to read the article.


BSA Global Software Security Survey 

BSA’s Global Software Survey conducted in partnership with IDC, estimates the volume and value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers in 2015, across more than 110 national and regional economies. It also reveals key attitudes and behaviors related to software licensing, intellectual property, and emerging technologies based on a global survey of more than 24,000 respondents. Click here to download this survey.


Whitepaper: The Dangerous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software

Click here to download this 2013 whitepaper by IDC and Microsoft on how pirated software can compromise the cybersecurity of consumers, enterprises, and nations... and the resultant costs in time and money.


APT1: Exposing One of China's Cyber Espionage Units

This report is focused on the most prolific cyber espionage group Mandiant tracks: APT1. This single organization has conducted a cyber espionage campaign against a broad range of victims since at least 2006. Click here to download the report.