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SOPA bytes GoDaddy’s business, and it will hurt you too.
by Andrew Lee CEO, ESET North America
The Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA as it is more commonly known, currently being debated in congress, has lit up a huge outcry on the Internet in recent weeks. We, here at ESET were one of the companies who, a little while ago, started raising the alarm about the devastating effect it would have on America’s online economy, along with several other very high profile companies.
GoDaddy (users) Go
GoDaddy, the popular domain registrar was initially a prominent supporter of SOPA and when this was revealed it prompted a large Internet campaign to move domains away from GoDaddy – in the next couple of days they lost 37,000 domains.
Today, 29th of December, is the culmination of that campaign when many companies will be moving their domains.
As of today, ESET is also moving our 26 domains from GoDaddy. As expected, GoDaddy did a half turn a couple of days ago, and somewhat restricted their support, later doing a full turn and saying they no longer support SOPA.
That’s great – the effect is a demonstration of how America works. Money talks, and businesses listen. The problem with SOPA is that, unless people who still support it start to listen too, the money will go away, from them and their businesses too. It’s also too late for GoDaddy, integrity and trust is not something you can switch back on overnight, demonstrating that the most important thing a business can have is the belief of its users. GoDaddy, as they acknowledge, will have to work hard to get the support of the community back; they should have known better.
December 15, 2011
Polis pointed out that SOPA and Smith’s amendment already excluded certain operators of sub-domains, such as GoDaddy.com, from being subject to shutdowns under SOPA.
“If companies like GoDaddy.com are exempt, why aren’t non-commercial domain servers exempt?” Polis asked.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined U.S. and Chinese business leaders for a meeting this week at the White House with President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
In a joint news conference with President Hu, following the meeting with business leaders, President Obama underscored the importance of IP and the need for greater IP enforcement in China. Specifically, the President said:
“Some of it has to do with intellectual property protection. So we were just in a meeting with business leaders, and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft pointed out that their estimate is that only one customer in every 10 of their products is actually paying for it in China. And so can we get better enforcement, since that is an area where America excels — intellectual property and high-value added products and services.”
It’s a CIO’s worst nightmare: You get a call from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), saying that some of the Microsoft software your company uses might be pirated.
You investigate and find that not only is your software illegal, it was sold to you by a company secretly owned and operated by none other than your own IT systems administrator, a trusted employee for seven years. When you start digging into the admin’s activities, you find a for-pay porn Web site he’s been running on one of your corporate servers. Then you find that he’s downloaded 400 customer credit card numbers from your e-commerce server.
And here’s the worst part: He’s the only one with the administrative passwords.
Think it can’t happen? It did, according to a security consultant who was called in to help the victim, a $250 million retailer in Pennsylvania. You never heard about it because the company kept it quiet.
Brian Krebs reported on his blog that an Argentinian hacker named Ch Russo used security weaknesses in The Pirate Bay’s Web site to infiltrate and snatch the user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million users.
Russo maintains that at no time did he or his associates alter or delete information in The Pirate Bay database. But he acknowledges that they did briefly consider how much this access and information would be worth to anti-piracy companies employed by entertainment industry lobbying groups like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), each of which has assiduously sought to sink The Pirate Bay on grounds that the network facilitates copyright infringement.
Microsoft and Consumers Take Action Against Global Software Piracy
REDMOND, Wash. â€” Dec. 2, 2009 â€” Microsoft Corp. today announced a surge of voluntary reports â€” more than 150,000 in the past two years â€” from people who unknowingly purchased counterfeit software that was often riddled with viruses or malware. This increase, more than double the amount of previous records, reflects growing concern for the harm caused by counterfeit software and Microsoftâ€™s efforts to give people a voice in the fight against software counterfeiting.
In addition, Microsoft today announced a surge of its own with Consumer Action Day, a simultaneous launch of education initiatives and enforcement actions in more than 70 countries to help protect consumers and increase awareness of the risks of counterfeit software.
â€œConsumers want action. The majority of our enforcement cases announced today resulted from tips and reports from consumers,â€ said David Finn, associate general counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. â€œConsumers who are duped by fraudulent software encounter viruses, lose personal information, risk having their identities stolen, and waste valuable time and money. Todayâ€™s announcement demonstrates our commitment to working with others, including our partners, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, to protect people from the ill effects of counterfeit software.â€
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News Press Release
Microsoft announces that it has launched a dedicated Twitter feed for its anti-piracy enforcement team. Despite attempts by Microsoft and other IT companies to curb piracy, often through aggressive policies, a recent report by McAfee suggests that the rate of file-sharing sites hosting unauthorized content has been rising steadily in the past few months.
According to Tripp Cox, VP of engineering at security firm Damballa, a pirated version of Windows 7 Release Candidate is infected with a Trojan horse which has created a botnet with tens of thousands of bots under its control.
Apprantly the software is primarily designed to download and install malicious packages under a “pay-per-install” scheme.
The legitimate version of Windows 7 RC from Microsoft’s Web site
Arts+Labs is a collaboration between creators and innovators who regard the Internet as a vibrant town center where all consumers can safely choose from a vast array of digital products, entertainment and services. Because quality content drives the Internet, Arts+Labs and its founding members: AT&T, Viacom, NBC Universal, Cisco, Microsoft and the Songwriters Guild of America, also aims to ensure that artists, creators and innovators can safely share their works through new online distribution channels with confidence that their right to earn fair compensation for their creativity is respected.
â€œWe certainly do not condone online theft of copyrighted materials. At the same time, we similarly do not favor the unwarranted intrusion into the Internet that this group promises for the future.â€
The industry’s anti piracy efforts appear to be futile, failure to stop piracy by suing Internet users, digital rights management all but abandoned.
But wait, now the music industry is considering a file sharing surcharge, per user per month, that Internet Service Providers collect from users.
This would be used to compensate songwriters, performers, publishers and music labels. Rightly so, but… will Internet Service Providers be able to implement such a practice. There is sure to be a backlash especially from smaller providers on a tight budget. Think rural, ISP options are often sparse in the boonies, something city users may not be aware of with their countless Internet options and budget packages.
Like I have said before, piracy is not free, it costs us all.
Discussion today at South by Southwest
Mobility, Ubiquity and Monetizing Music
Friday, March 14th
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
A software pirate was sentenced to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $5.4 million.
Department Of Justice Press Release
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2006
The forfeiture involves a wide array of assets, including homes, numerous cars, and a boat, which Peterson had purchased with the profits from his illegal enterprise.
Until it’s shut down by law enforcement agencies, Peterson operated the www.ibackups.net website which illegally sold copies of software products that were under copyright.
Apprantly Peterson delivered the product over the Internet or by mail, often including a serial number that allowed the purchaser to activate and use the product. ie: cracks/warez (software illegally modified)
The illegal sales caused a loss of nearly $20 million for the owners of the copyrighted products.