Archive for April, 2011

Global Survey Finds Strong Support for IP Rights

posted by in Intellectual Property April 26, 2011

Intellectual property rights — copyrights, patents and trademarks — provide the legal framework necessary for creative enterprise like commercial software development to flourish. But it is widely assumed that most people view IP rights as business and legal concepts with little relevance to their daily lives. That’s why the World Intellectual Property Organization and its 184 member states designate April 26, the anniversary of the Convention establishing WIPO, as World Intellectual Property Day.

BSA has recently conducted public-opinion research that finds some cause for optimism, though. Consider: 71 percent of the world thinks innovators should be paid for the products and technologies they develop, because it provides incentives for more technology advances.

This finding comes from a global survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, one the world’s leading public-opinion research firms, as part of the 2010 BSA Global Software Piracy Study, which is set to be released soon. (more…)

Forget Mom’s Maiden Name

posted by in Cybersecurity April 15, 2011

OK, don’t forget it. That would make Mom sad. But don’t worry about telling it to your bank or credit card company anymore, because there will soon be better ways of authenticating who you are online.

That is because the Obama Administration has unveiled the final iteration of its National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace — known, as these things often are, by an acronym: NSTIC.

NSTIC represents a huge step forward, as BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman notes, because it will give people better ways of authenticating themselves online, thereby strengthening security (more…)

Internet Piracy Portal Launch

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement April 6, 2011

Unauthorized copying of software used to require physically exchanging disks or other hard media through the mail or on the streets. This unauthorized copying was ultimately overshadowed by corporate end-user piracy, a pervasive form of copyright infringement that occurs when otherwise legitimate companies install software on more computers than the licenses they have purchased permit. But old-fashioned, unauthorized copying persists — and as broadband connections have become available around the world, it has spread from street markets to the Internet. (more…)