BSA wants some attention on software piracy


— 4:06 AM on April 10, 2003

Recently, the RIAA and MPAA have been making a lot of noise about media piracy over P2P networks. The RIAA has even gone so far as to enlist various artists in a bid to educate the masses on the evils of music piracy. But wait, didn't piracy really start with software?

Despite all the attention being paid to media piracy, the BSA wants everyone to know that software piracy continues to be a very big problem. Wired reports

"We tend to have gotten a little bit lost in the shuffle," said Bob Kruger, vice president of enforcement for the Business Software Alliance. "The spotlight now seems to be shining elsewhere and people shouldn't conclude from that that software is not any longer being pirated on a significant scale, because it is."
In fact, the BSA is worried that software will be pirated on an even larger scale in the future as young people accustomed to a free ride with media move to the workplace and start needing software. Apparently, the BSA's plans to combat piracy include better education, which seems a little naive to me. Do they really believe that even casual pirates don't know that burning a downloaded copy of Office XP is illegal?

Boosting enforcement is also a part of the BSA's plan, and I have to think they'll have much better luck in that department. Though it seems unlikely that it will ever be all that difficult to find and download illegal software, a few well-publicized prosecutions could make most casual pirates think twice before leeching and burning their next ISO.

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