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Business Software Alliance

Businesses blase over software piracy

Little interest shown in amnesty campaign

Less than 1 per cent of 30,000 companies approached to certify that they were using legal business software bothered to respond, according to a pirated-software watchdog.

Saturday, 12 May, 2007, 12:00am

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Q What more can be done to stop the sale of cigarettes to minors?

Why do young Hongkongers ('80pc of outlets sell cigarettes to minors', September 6), who ape almost everything from the west seem to ignore the fact that a large number of the youth they look up to as trendsetters in the west shun tobacco and are health-conscious?

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Copyright official dismisses software piracy claim

A top mainland copyright official yesterday angrily rejected accusations by US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez of widespread use of pirated software in Chinese government agencies.

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Western firms battle mainland's well-connected pirates

A ramshackle, two-storey concrete building in western Beijing is at the heart of the battle to stop piracy in China.

7 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Software piracy costs HK, mainland billions

Tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars were lost in Hong Kong and the mainland last year due to software piracy, according to a US survey.

Hong Kong lost US$82.3 million in software revenue due to a 56 per cent piracy rate, compared with 53 per cent in 2001.

The mainland lost US$2.4 billion because of its software piracy rate of 92 per cent, unchanged from 2001.

4 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Pursuit of piracy masks real purposes of alliance

It has always been a mystery to me why anybody should take the Business Software Alliance seriously. It seems that every time the packaged-software pressure group issues a press release packed with meaningless statistics, newspapers around the world recycle them under shock horror headlines as if they carried some kind of authority.

15 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Pursuit of piracy masks real purposes of alliance

It has always been a mystery to me why anybody should take the Business Software Alliance seriously. It seems that every time the packaged-software pressure group issues a press release packed with meaningless statistics, newspapers around the world recycle them under shock horror headlines as if they carried some kind of authority.

14 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Storm over school software plans

A senior Malaysian government official has set off a storm of controversy after reportedly saying schools and other public institutions in his country could be allowed to use pirated computer software.

30 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Pirated software appeal rejected

Officials have rejected a unionist legislator's plea for businesses to be allowed to use pirated software bought before copyright laws came into effect on April 1.

They urged Leung Yiu-chung to refer to the administration cases of unscrupulous employers disregarding the law by using the pirated software.

24 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Hi-tech vision 'at risk from software piracy'

Electronic commerce and hi-tech projects such as the Cyber-Port will not take off unless software piracy is crushed, an industry leader has warned.

Business Software Alliance chairman Howard Digby said hi-tech start-ups would find it hard to attract venture capital if potential investors feared their products would be pirated as soon as they were released.

16 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

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