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Obama picks BSA's antipiracy enforcer for high-level post

The Business Software Alliance's top copyright cop is the president's pick for a senior Justice Department post, inviting questions about whether Barack Obama will be inclined to scale back copyright laws or expand them instead.

By January 23, 2009


BSA equates software pirates to Somali pirates

In what may be one of the worst PR pitches I've seen for a while, the Business Software Alliance tries to capitalize on the Easter weekend hostage drama off Somalia.

By April 13, 2009


BSA plays the IP card against the European Commission

The European Commission is opening up to open source and open standards. The BSA couldn't be more frustrated.

By July 5, 2008


Piracy killed the radio star, insists the BSA

The BSA must be good for something. Truth just doesn't happen to be one of them.

By January 23, 2008


Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water...the BSA wants to chat

The Business Software Alliance is earnestly trying to protect its participants from having to learn how to compete in the new world of digital goods. Shame on them.

By July 10, 2007


Business Software Alliance makes antipiracy push

The BSA trade group sends 48,000 peer-to-peer-related takedown warnings and asks sites to shut down 18,000 auctions for the first half of this year.

By October 3, 2008


Apple gets tech support in court

Intel, Genentech and BSA file briefs backing Apple's subpoena of records from a Web site that published confidential product info.

By April 28, 2005


Software piracy whistle-blowers get bigger rewards

The BSA trade group ups its reward for information on U.K. companies that are using illegal software.

By November 5, 2004


Ferreting out copyright scofflaws

The software cops at the BSA hope a cartoon mascot will keep kids in line.

By August 10, 2004


Microsoft: Piracy still strong in Asia

By Michelle Tan SINGAPORE--Microsoft announced Monday that law enforcement authorities had seized more than 45,000 copies of counterfeit software in the Asia-Pacific region last month. Items seized during raids on software dealers in Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India included pirated versions of the software giant's newly launched Windows XP operating system, its Office XP package and its Windows NT Server. "As the number of complaints and (the amount of) counterfeit products seized indicates, software piracy and the violation of intellectual property rights continue to be significant problems facing the software industry across the region," Microsoft said in a statement. Citing research by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the company noted that Asia-Pacific was the only region that experienced an increase in piracy rates last year; the piracy rate in Asia was 51 percent in 2000, compared with a worldwide average of 37 percent. "This translates to losses of $4.1 billion to the (region's) software industry...and even greater losses to the economies themselves," Microsoft said. Staff writer Michelle Tan reported from Singapore.

By January 7, 2002