Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) February 23, 2011
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) February 23, 2011
A human rights watchdog has called on the European Commission to look into software being used to analyse file-sharing in the UK and the legality of doing th…
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The US government has agreed to pay m (£31m) after it was said to have pirated “thousands” of copies of military software.
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Clip from Amazon Women On The Moon with pirates that steal videos, great vid.
(PRWEB) March 16, 2012
Beat Brokers Global LLC announced the public launch of their new copyright protection tool for hip hop music producers. The new tool allows for music producers to upload and register a digital proof of copyright for all of their music instrumentals. Each registration comes with it’s own digital certificate and public notice of copyright page.
By using the digital copyright tool, a music producer can add an additional layer of protection to their published music at an affordable price tag: Free. The registration service goes so far as to provide a complete government form with instructions on how to submit the work for official registration with the United States Copyright Office.
Beat Brokerz is a digital music marketplace where recording artists worldwide can shop the latest music instrumentals in a wide range of genres. This latest addition to their suite of services marks another milestone leap in the repertoire of free services available to music producers worldwide.
To check out the new registry, please visit the following page:
Southlake, TX (PRWEB) April 28, 2011
The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a global software industry trade association owned and funded by big name companies, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Sybase, reported on April 6th that California was one of six states that accounted for 49.3% of the reports the Business Software Alliance (BSA) received in 2010.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) conducts copyright enforcement actions on behalf of its members, and uses radio and internet ads to solicit confidential software piracy tips. According to Julie Machal-Fulks, Partner of Scott & Scott, LLP, a law firm with a software license defense practice area: In many instances, the informants are the employees who are charged with ensuring software licensing compliance at the companies they are reporting.
Companies are not required to cooperate with a request for a software audit either from the publishers or their trade associations, but avoiding litigation is highly unlikely without an agreement to participate in a voluntary audit. The legal and financial implications of software audits can be enormous. The costs, even those that are resolved successfully, are substantial. Businesses that are most prepared will have the greatest success in defending the inevitable software license audit and save money.
Scott & Scott, LLP has observed the following common mistakes in software license disputes:
1. Failure to compile and produce accurate installation information.
2. Relying on internal IT staff to respond to a software audit request.
3. Submitting improper documentation in an attempt to demonstrate proof of ownership.
4. Failure to involve experienced counsel to interpret copyright laws and software licenses.
Scott & Scott, LLP recommends California companies avoid the above errors.
For additional free resources, visit: http://www.scottandscottllp.com, http://www.bsadefense.com/resources.asp, and Surviving Software Audits Article.
Southlake, TX (PRWEB) May 03, 2011
The Business software Alliance (BSA) reports that Illinois was one of the six states California, Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas – that accounted for 49.3% of the software piracy reports received in 2010. Manufacturers and distributors were the top industry sectors.
The Business Software Alliance, a global software industry trade association owned and funded by big name companies, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Symantec, conducts copyright enforcement actions on behalf of its members.
While we understand the Business Software Alliances desire to protect the intellectual property rights of its software publisher members, the firm believes the association has done nothing to simplify or standardize the unique, lengthy and complex license agreements of its member companies. This leaves the onus of compliance entirely on software customers, says Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner of Scott & Scott, LLP, an intellectual property and technology law firm with a practice area focused on software license defense.
Scott continues, In my opinion, many of the Business Software Alliances practices are questionable. The BSA entices disgruntled employees, many of whom were responsible for any license compliance gaps, to report their current and former employers with the promise of cash rewards.
What Illinois Businesses Need to Know:
The Business Software Alliance usually initiates an investigation after it receives a confidential report of unauthorized software use. Targeted companies are contacted by the BSAs attorneys, who request that the company conduct a self audit and report the results. Companies targeted for audit are not required to cooperate with trade associations or publishers, but resolution without litigation is highly unlikely unless the target company agrees to participate in a voluntary audit. We usually recommend cooperation and not litigation, Scott says.
A number of legal issues are implicated in software audits. Although software usage is governed by a contractual license, the software industry generally relies on the stronger protections afforded b the federal Copyright Act of 1976. The act provides stiff penalties up to $ 150,000 per violation if the infringement is willful. In addition, officers and directors of corporations who infringe copyrights may be found individually liable.
The audit process is lengthy and arduous and often affected by costly mistakes. Scott says, I have seen many businesses make the mistake of scrambling to purchase additional software upon receipt of the Business Software Alliance letter.
Another mistake is the use of an inadequate tool to conduct the kind of audit called for by the Business Software Alliance.
There are many ways a business can tackle a software audit. It may hire a law firm that specializes in software audits or hire an external IT consultant or do an in-house audit.
The Business Software Alliance often suggests a number of tools to assist with a self-audit, many available for little or no licensing fee, making them appear to be attractive alternatives. Because software tools are not sophisticated enough to discern between free trial software or remnants from previous installations and full installations, it can result in significant consequences. When conducting an in-house software audit, look for any mistakes in the audit results to ensure that the report reflects what was installed as of the effective date of the audit before submitting any information to the auditing entity.
For additional free resources, visit http://www.scottandscottllp.com and http://www.bsadefense.com, where youll also find Scott & Scotts Fine Calculator. Hundreds of firms have found it to be a helpful risk assessment tool.
About Scott & Scott, LLP:
Scott & Scott, LLP (http://www.scottandscottllp.com and http://www.bsadefense.com) is a boutique intellectual property and technology law firm with an emphasis on software disputes, technology transactions, brand management, and federal litigation. Our lawyers and technology professionals take a principled approach to each engagement, leveraging our experience to provide value. Our clients range from mature small businesses to publicly traded multi-national corporations who work proactively with us to creatively solve business and legal issues. We regularly work as part of a team of in-house and outside attorneys managing large-scale legal projects. We take the time to listen to a clients objectives and understand its business before developing a custom strategy and project plan designed to give the client visibility into the process and the potential outcomes.
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 24, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of websites participated in a recent blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), many of them using a click-to-call technology powered by Mobile Commons, a New York-based software company. Using Mobile Commons technology, Tumblr, Reddit and Engine Advocacy enabled more than 200,000 visitors in a single day to launch calls to their Congressional representatives directly from their websites. Those were among the more than 500,000 calls launched through Mobile Commons during the anti-SOPA campaigns of the past month.
The immediate impact of these advocacy efforts not only delayed the vote, but compelled several original sponsors to withdraw their support.
By reaching people on their mobile phones, our mobile advocacy platform gave the tech community a fast and easy way to engage with their representatives and effect change, said Jed Alpert, CEO of Mobile Commons. Sites such as Tumblr may not be Washington insiders with traditional lobbying efforts, but they were able to harness their massive reach and make their voices heard.
Mobile Commons mConnect platform allows organizations to drive calls from any type of call-to-action campaign, including web, text messages, events, print, radio, and TV. The platform can scale quickly to support thousands of calls in a minute. All calls are directed to the individual callers legislator and some organizations even opt to offer talking points in a voiceover prior to the call.
The mobile advocacy tool played a key role in NY Tech Meetups anti-piracy fight. NY Tech Meetup, which represents professionals from the New York technology community, utilized Mobile Commons technology to organize protestors at its rally in midtown Manhattan. Live at the rally, organizers instructed more than 2,000 protestors to initiate calls to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand by text. The text message included talking points to help callers express their concerns about the anti-piracy bills.
Mobile Commons has worked with hundreds of advocacy organizations to drive phone calls to legislators tackling issues such as social security, safer roads and immigration reform. With more than 200,000 calls generated in 24 hours, the fight against the anti-piracy bills was the fastest text-to-call advocacy campaign that Mobile Commons has powered to date.
Nearly all cell phones have the ability to support SMS text messaging and 91 percent of Americans carry a cell phone. More than 6 billion text messages are exchanged every day in the United States.
About Mobile Commons
Mobile Commons enables government agencies, non-profits, and brands to reach people on the device they use most their mobile phone. The platforms user interface and APIs seamlessly integrate SMS, voice and Web applications with CRMs, databases and social marketing tools. Coupled with real-time analytics and reporting, Mobile Commons makes it easy for organizations to integrate mobile communications with their existing media & databases.
Mobile Commons has run mobile campaigns for organizations such as the New York MTA, the San Francisco MTA, Nike, AARP, the Humane Society, R/GA, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the California Department of Public Health, and Organizing for America/the Obama Campaign, and hundreds of other organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.MobileCommons.com.
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