Acrobat and the Pirates

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Found this little gemon the wires over the weekend...

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) released the list as part of their 2007 Anti-Piracy Year In Review report.

Two lists were of note in the report - the 10 most frequently pirated by companies and the Top 10 most frequently pirated on the Internet. The lists are as below:

2007 Software Titles Most Frequently Pirated By Companies
1. Symantec Norton Anti-Virus
2. Adobe Acrobat
3. Symantec PC Anywhere
4. Adobe PhotoShop
5. Autodesk AutoCAD
6. Adobe DreamWeaver
7. Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator
8. Roxio Toast Titanium
9. Ipswitch WS_FTP
10. Nero Ultra Edition

2007 Software Titles Most Frequently Pirated on the Internet
1. McAfee VirusScan
2. Symantec Norton Anti-Virus
3. McAfee Internet Security Suite
4. Intuit TurboTax
5. Adobe Photoshop
6. Adobe Acrobat
7. Intuit Quicken Home and Business
8. Symantec Norton pcAnywhere
9. Symantec Norton Ghost
10. Adobe Creative Suite

The SIIA have been busy trying to protect consumers as well as prod businesses into ensuring they buy legal copies of software.

“As we continued to aggressively pursue those who illegally sell or distribute pirated software and content, we also increased our educational outreach efforts in 2007,” said Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA SVP of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement. “By balancing enforcement with education, SIIA was able to crack down on illegal software sales and help consumers avoid purchasing pirated software. We also made strides in helping legal, public relations and other professionals effectively do their jobs within current copyright law.”

SIIA’s Corporate Anti-Piracy program has been in operation for 20 years but of all 2007’s 427 reports of alleged corporate end-user piracy, SIIA found only 17% sufficiently reliable to pursue. Productivity software is a favourite target for pirates, which shows there is demand.

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