CERIAS Seminar: Nudging the Digital Pirate: Behavioral Issues in the Piracy Context

Speaker: Matthew Hashim · Purdue University Abstract Piracy is a significant source of concern facing software developers, music labels, and movie production…
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Ready for a Software Audit? Avoid These Six Costly Software Audit Mistakes

Dallas, TX (Vocus) April 1, 2010

Robert J. Scott, of Scott & Scott, LLP, whose Dallas law firm has represented more than 150 clients facing software audits nationally suggests how to avoid six costly software audit mistakes.

IBM, Microsoft, Autodesk and other commercial software publishers, and their trade organizations like the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) are pursuing businesses to enforce the copyrights in the products they publish.

The BSA and SIIA invite disgruntled employees to report software piracy and offer up to $ 1 million in cash rewards.

Software Audits are Time-Consuming, Expensive, and a Drain on Company Resources

According to Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, of Scott & Scott, LLP, whose Dallas law firm has represented more than 150 clients facing software audits nationally, Software audits are time-consuming, expensive, and there are costly mistakes that should be avoided.

Scotts suggestions to avoid costly software audit mistakes include:

1. Use of an inadequate tool to conduct the software audit.

There are many ways a business can tackle the audit process. It can hire a law firm that specializes in software audits to conduct the review, it can hire external IT consultants, or it can proceed with its own in-house software audit.

2. Use of free or low cost software auditing tools.

The BSA often suggests a number of tools to assist with a self audit, including Novell, Symantec, Frontrange Solutions, Belarc and Spiceworks. Because many of these tools are available for little or no licensing fee, they appear to be attractive alternatives. More often than not, these tools inaccurately report data and fail to exclude information that is outside the scope of the audit request.

3. Failure to ensure audit results accurately reflect what was installed on the effective date of the audit.

For company self audits, it is essential to verify the results prior to submitting any information to the BSA or SIIA. Because there are often out-of-scope products, trial versions, and remnants of previous software installations reported in many audit tools, it is imperative to validate the results of the audit before producing the audit to the BSA or SIIA.

4. Purchasing additional software upon receipt of audit request

Purchasing additional licenses of installed software in response to an audit request letter will have no effect on the outcome of the audit. The date of the letter is the effective date in BSA and SIIA audit matters.

5. Over-reporting can carry significant consequences.

Each product mistakenly reported as a licensable product for which a business is unable to demonstrate license ownership typically results in a penalty based on the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP). In most cases, a multiplier for each product is included in the BSA and SIIAs settlement offer.

6. Failure to seek advice when in doubt.

It is vital to seek the advice of a knowledgeable attorney or consultant prior to submitting any information to the auditing entity if there is any doubt regarding the accuracy of the results.

Software license compliance can cost large enterprises millions of dollars; smaller enterprises often face even greater costs as a percentage of revenue. Complying with the complex and ever-changing license agreements that publishers mandate requires enormous human and financial resources.

For additional free resources visit: http://www.scottandscottllp.com, and http://www.bsadefense.com/resources.asp, where youll also find Scott & Scotts Fine Calculator. Many companies have found it to be a helpful risk assessment tool.

About Scott & Scott, LLP (http://www.scottandscottllp.com and http://www.softwareaudit.com) is a leading law and technology services firm representing businesses in matters involving software licensing. Scott & Scotts legal and technology professionals provide software audit defense and software compliance solutions, all protected by attorney-client and work-product privileges.


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Software Solution Helps Entertainment Industry Leverage Technology Against Content Theft

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 13, 2014

While the entertainment industry may be slowly winning the battle against content theft, there is still no silver bullet. In 2014, the leak of a screener for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty once again brought national attention to the industries challenges of overcoming piracy. Now the industry has the ability to use cloud storage to their advantage and help curb piracy. Mediaflys ProReview, http://www.Mediafly.com, offers the entertainment industry a more secure alternative to reducing movie and TV show leaks.

According to a study posted by Waxy.org, in 2012 screeners declined in popularity, yet 34 of the nominated films (92 percent) were leaked online by nomination day, with 25 of them available as high-quality DVD or Blu-ray rips. And, it doesnt end here. Several movies in 2013/2014 were quickly pirated and distributed online including Oscar-nominated films Twelve Years a Slave and Gravity, not to mention many more in the last 10 years.

Today, the industry is left to try and take on the challenge by uncovering more and more ways to protect content, from using watermarks to more strategic release dates as well as multi-platform distribution.

Mediafly provides help to the entertainment industry with their ProReview products for studios and industry professionals. ProReview offers executives and entertainment association voting members, a secure way to access content, pre and post-production, dailies, video and screeners on any device – the past alternative being private YouTube and Vimeo channels, which lacked security and it has passed security audits from the largest media companies worldwide.

The solution solves a number of potential security challenges for voting members, in particular, who are often on the go. Theres no waiting for DVD screeners to arrive via FedEx and no more lost screeners, because individuals can simply securely login and watch wherever they are around the world via laptop or tablet, or smartphone. And, studios and production companies can control who sees what content, when and for how long.

Weve essentially made movie production mobile, meaning that directors, actors, costume designers, makeup artists and more can review content from any device in preparation for the next day, to make annotations to share with the team, or comment on edits, said Carson Conant, CEO Mediafly. Because of this, ProReview is trusted by the largest television and theatrical studios in the world to deliver media securely.

Other Features and Benefits of ProReview:

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Scribblenauts Unlimited : Pt7. Prison Piracy

Scribblenauts Unlimited : Pt7. Prison Piracy

Prisoners and pirates aren’t so far apart. Scribblenauts Unlimited will tell you so. Everything I know, I learned from video games. Check out my Facebook: ww…
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MediaSec Technologies Awarded for Outstanding Technology at the 2003 PISEC Conference

(PRWEB) December 25, 2003

MediaSec Technologies was honored with a PISEC award for „Outstanding Achievement in Anti-Forgery“ at this year’s conference in Prague. The award is based on MediaSec’s continuous development and provision of cutting edge digital security solutions.

MediaSec’s products are used in document security, for the authentication of passports, id-cards, visa, etc. and in brand protection for labels and packages. PISEC is the leading international conference and exhibition for the brand protection, product authentication and document security industries. MediaSec Technologies has already received awards from the German Federal Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology and the Fraunhofer Society.

MediaSec Technologies ranks among the world’s leading providers of security solutions based on a combination of various digital security technologies. Locations in Germany and the United States enable an international orientation of business activities. MediaSec’s core technology was originally developed at the Fraunhofer Society. MediaSec focuses on developing innovative digital security products and solutions for document security and brand protection applications. MediaSec’s patented technologies authenticate and secure digital content and printed documents against forgery and alteration and protect branded goods and copyright material from counterfeiting and piracy.



MediaSec Technologies GmbH

Susann Pinnekamp

Berliner Platz 6-8

D-45127 Essen

Tel.: +49-201-4375270

Fax: +49-201-4375277



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Remote Accountant LLC Helps to Protect Small Businesses Against Cybertheft

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2014

The national accounting, bookkeeping and tax firm Remote Accountant LLC prides itself on protecting its clients’ money. Their mission is to provide superior service to individual taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses; adhering to their three guiding principles of professionalism, responsiveness, and quality. With the rise of cybertheft it is imperative to find a financial accounting institution that will protect company assets, and provide valuable financial advice.

Unfortunately, small business banking accounts are not insured by banks, as mandated by federal law, when money is pilfered as a result of cyberthieves. “No small business bank account is protected against cybertheft,” Kramer told BusinessNewsDaily. “If you have a small business and you open a bank account, no matter what the bank is, and your account gets hacked and your money is stolen, the bank has no liability.” To read Kramer’s full comments visit smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/finance-accounting/2014/02/03/warning-business-bank-accounts-arent-safe-from-cybertheft/.

As online banking establishes itself as a staple among business conduct, it is becoming progressively difficult to protect small businesses from malicious malware, which records sensitive baking information used to siphon funds from small business bank accounts. The Business Daily News reports that nearly 70% of small business owners that are victims of cybertheft go out of business within one year. To protect small businesses from cybertheft it is essential that employees are trained to refrain from opening unscrupulous emails, that can contain harmful malware, and executives can learn how to create stalwart passwords for banking accounts to stave off piracy. To learn more about creating effective passwords visit businessnewsdaily.com/5597-create-strong-passwords.html.

Small business owners may protect their online environments by encrypting their sensitive data, and regularly updating anti-virus protection software. For more ways to protect your small business, read the full article here smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/finance-accounting/2014/02/03/warning-business-bank-accounts-arent-safe-from-cybertheft/.

The pressing need to keep clients’ banking information safe and secure can seem like a daunting task to accomplish, yet the specialists at Remote Accountant LLC are experts at encrypting clients’ sensitive accounting information. They help clients safeguard their hard-earned money by keeping up with the latest cybertheft trends.

The experts at Remote Accountant LLC use the newest cutting edge technology, live video chat and encrypted pc to pc log on for automatic updating so accounting, bookkeeping, and tax filings are streamlined seamlessly. Remote Accountant provides a wide range of services which can be found on the website at http://www.remoteaccountantllc.com or view their firm introduction video.

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Orlando Aiport Parking

If you are departing from the Orlando airport, parking is something that you will have to think about if you are driving yourself and not having someone drop you off. The airport has a parking garage with long term parking that you can utilize. Her you can use your SunPass to pay when you leave so there is no worry about having to worry about cash or how you are going to pay. Here there is airport security and the only way in and out is very heavily monitored by security. If you want a cheaper option you can find parking lots that actually off property that allows you to reserve a parking spot. Here you prepay and then they park your car for you. You get shuttled to and from the airport and they too have security. Either way is a very feasible way to park for Orlando airport parking.

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Truck driver jobs

Truck driver jobs are in high demand as there is always the need to have people haul things from one location to another. There are so many different things that a truck driver may have to pick up and haul though most companies only deal with very specific things. There are jobs that people can take that let them stay closer to their home, which can be nice if you have kids, but it is often the case that most companies have truck driver jobs that need the drivers to take long hauls. There are plenty of drivers who have come back to driving trucks as they cannot see themselves doing anything else and they really enjoyed the pay. Some companies allow teams, which pull in more money and allow a husband and wife to drive while still keeping close. Truck driver jobs can be a great way to make some money if you can handle the requirements.

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Global Collaboration in the Fight Against Software Piracy

The global collaboration between FBI, Chinese authorities, and Microsoft that led to the demise of the worlds largest known counterfeiting syndicate.
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