Microsoft Corporation: Software Piracy and License Misuse

In: Business and Management

Submitted By dhikasatriya
Words 1417
Pages 6
Company Profile Now the company has grown up worldwide with net income per 2009, US$ 14.569 billion, and workers approximately 93,000 in over 100 countries. *COMING FACE TO FACE WITH PIRAC*Y "Even though we focus on enterprise class software, we see a lot of piracy, and it is a big problem. Mostly it is compliance issues rather than outright piracy. And although we see more of this internationally than in the U.S., the U.S. is still a problem." -- Microsoft Certified Partner, USA Ecosystem members run into piracy and license misuse every day in at least two ways: They find it in their customer base when deploying new solutions or services. They find it in competition with companies that bundle or otherwise incorporate pirated software into their own solutions, sometimes without customer knowledge. The unlicensed software gets into customer environments a number of ways, from counterfeiting and {draw:rect} REPORT A survey commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, in November 2007 reported that more than 80 percent of commercial enterprises across Russia continue to use unlicensed or pirated software. “Many company directors still think procuring software legally is not cost effective and inevitably involves extra expenses like training of IT managers or paying for software upgrades,” said Leonid Klyaiman, Microsoft’s product manager in Russia. “Such ignorance has encouraged a preference for unlicensed software in many companies.” The survey polled directors and IT managers in 500 companies across five federal districts to determine how company executives perceive risks associated with using unlicensed software. Violation of intellectual property rights has long been a sore point in Russia’s relations with the United States. In May, a Perm region court found…...

Similar Documents

Software Piracy Research

...only through the hardware devices but also some great softwares. Nobody's PC and tablet can run well without the necessary software, but there' re a number of software users don't want to buy the full licensed softwares. In order to have a accurate percentage of software piracy rate, BSA (business software alliance) made a research about it. The result of the piracy rate research made the researchers shocked. On the BSA's piracy study on 2011, total worldwide software piracy rate is up to 42% (Business Software Alliance, 2011) . Software piracy has become an increasing global problem to businesses and software developers in the world during the past two decades (Shin, Gopal, Sanders, & Whinston, 2004). The software industry suffers billions dollar losses because of software piracy (Bass, 2011). There' s no denying that U.S. is generally considered as the world leader in the software industry, but America' s illegal software market is worth 9 billion dollars in 2011, which is the top 1 economy in commercial value of pirated PC software (BSA, 2011). The problem of piracy diminishes revenues and lessens investment in research and development, threatening the long term benefit of the software industry. According to the Software and Information Industry Association, the worldwide revenue of business-based PC applications was $21.6 billion in 1999, but global revenue losses due to piracy in the business application software market were calculated at $12 billion (Shin, Gopal,......

Words: 1039 - Pages: 5

Software Copyright Piracy & Laws

...Software Copyright Piracy & Laws | Business Law | | This paper contains both recent and past accounts of software piracy cases. Also within the contents are definitions of what software piracy is and what has and can be done to help stop copyright infringement. | | Brandon Sampsell | 4/19/2012 | | Software Copyright Piracy & Laws The definition of software piracy is the illegal copying of software for commercial or personal gain. Software companies have tried many methods to prevent piracy, with varying degrees of success. Several agencies like the Software Publishers Association and the Business Software Alliance have been formed to combat both worldwide and domestic piracy. Software piracy is an unresolved, worldwide problem, costing millions of dollars in lost revenue. In a more recent case, the case of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd v Sharman License Holdings Ltd (2005) 220 ALR 1 was high-profile Australian litigation involving music labels suing the developers and distributors (collectively referred to as "the Sharman parties") of software that enabled access to the Kazaa a p2p network. The software, which was made available for free, enabled users to upload and download digital files like music files or data files. However, unlike earlier p2p networks the Kazaa network did not require operation through centralized servers, nor physical involvement in the transmission of the files. The essence of the litigation concerned the......

Words: 2318 - Pages: 10

Microsoft Software License

...MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS WINDOWS 7 STARTER These license terms are an agreement between you and · the computer manufacturer that distributes the software with the computer, or · the software installer that distributes the software with the computer. Please read them. They apply to the software named above, which includes the media on which you received it, if any. Printed-paper license terms, which may come with the software take the place of any on-screen license terms. These terms also apply to any Microsoft · updates, · supplements, · Internet-based services, and · support services for this software, unless other terms accompany those items. If so, those other terms apply. If you obtain updates or supplements directly from Microsoft, Microsoft, and not the manufacturer or installer, licenses those to you. By using the software, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the software. Instead, contact the manufacturer or installer to determine its return policy. You must comply with that policy, which might limit your rights or require you to return the entire system on which the software is installed. As described below, using the software also operates as your consent to the transmission of certain computer information during activation, validation and for Internet-based services. If you comply with these license terms, you have the rights below for each license you acquire. 1. OVERVIEW. a. Software. The software includes desktop...

Words: 4776 - Pages: 20

Software Piracy

...anonymity and ease of sharing information, piracy has become a very real issue for companies, both in and out of the workplace. Piracy can be segmented into two main industries; the multimedia industry which involves the copying of songs, videos and games, and the software industry which is the copying of software licences. For the purpose of this paper, we will be discussing the implications of software piracy, its effects on everyday businesses, and also briefly cover the effects on the industry itself. We will apply the theoretical framework and specify what this issue means to business managers in a practical setting. History Software Piracy originated in the 1960’s when the CD-RW drive was invented and floppy disks were traded. Since that time, the industry has grown significantly, especially in developing countries, resulting in billions of dollars of lost economic benefits and tax revenue. Prior to the 1980’s, one could pirate software without any legal implications. However, in the late 1970’s, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, lobbied for legislation to protect the integrity of software. When an individual or organization purchases software, it is the license to use the software that is purchased, not the software itself. As a result, Software Piracy is now an illegal act in most countries. One of the main advantages of Software Piracy is cost: the software is free or almost free to obtain. In addition, the software is easy to obtain, most often......

Words: 1911 - Pages: 8

United States vs. Microsoft Corporation

...Department of Justice investigated Microsoft Corporation for anti-trust behavior throughout the 1990’s. 19 States complained against Microsoft for practicing monopolistic behavior, following the investigation, the case went to trial. The following paper discusses the case against Microsoft, than talks about the monopoly market structure, and how it can affect society. United States of America V. Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Corporation, a multinational software corporation, was investigated for anti-trust behavior throughout the 1990’s. Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), sparked an investigation on Microsoft corporation for using market power to monopolize web browsing software, which may prevented competing web browsers to gain marginal revenue. (Kleiner, 2011) In 1990, the FTC started investigating the Microsoft Corporation for monopoly (Brown, 1993), though in 1993 the FTC could not reach a conclusion if Microsoft practiced anti-trust behavior and further dropped the case (Keho, 1993). In 1994, The Department of Justice (DOJ) reopened the case, which resulted in a settlement between the complainants, the DOJ and Microsoft Corporation (U.S. Department of Justice, 1995). In May of 1998, 19 state plaintiffs and the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, accusing the corporation for being a monopoly market structure by destroying competing threats posed to Microsoft. The company was accused for bundling their software to include with new computers,......

Words: 920 - Pages: 4

The Capital Structure of Microsoft Corporation

...Southern New Hampshire University Investigative Report The Capital Structure of Microsoft Corporation Zhang Yue Capital Budgeting & Financing, Fin 630 David Fehr June 3rd, 2013 Abstract At the first part, we are going to introduce Microsoft Corp. and how it works. Then, we try to figure out the WACC of Microsoft based on the data like income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, and some data searched from Yahoo! And Google Finance. At last, we are going to analyze and evaluate several terms of Microsoft. Compare Microsoft performance to Apple and Google, which are the most famous technology and Internet company, and then discuss with the whole technology market. Key Words: capital structure, WACC, ROE, leverage, liquidity, 1. Introduction 1.1 Company Background Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational software corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. This company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. With about four decades of development, now Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies. As of 2013, Microsoft is market dominant in both the PC operating system and office suite markets. The company also produces a wide range of other software for desktops and servers, and is active in areas including internet......

Words: 3736 - Pages: 15

Software Piracy

...Copyright and Book Piracy in Pakistan Khalid Mahmood Department of Library & Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore Muhammad Ilyas Department of Library & Information Science, University of Balochistan, Quetta Copyright Defined Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. Kinds of works covered by copyright include: literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspapers and computer programs; databases; films, musical compositions, and choreography; artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture; architecture; and advertisements, maps and technical drawings. Legal Definition of Copyright According to The Copyright Ordinance, 1962 The exclusive right to reproduce the work in any material form to publish the work to perform the work in public to produce, reproduce, perform or publish any translation of the work to broadcast the work to make any adaptation of the work Book Piracy Deliberate infringement of copyright on intellectual property and an absolute disregard for ownership or authorship of literary works OR Using another person’s opinion, ideas or works as if they were one’s own and without making any attempt at acknowledging their true source The Berne Convention Adopted by an international conference held in 1886 at Berne, Switzerland 8th amendment in 1979 Salient features: National......

Words: 1254 - Pages: 6

Software Piracy Under Ipr Regime

...An Overview on SOFTWARE PIRACY under Intellectual Property Right Regime e1834 Abinash Chandra Nayak (SOFTWARE PIRACY IS "UNAUTHORIZED COPYING OR DISTRIBUTION OF COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE .") SOFTWARE PIRACY IS A VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT LAW AND A FORM OF THEFT . What Is Software Piracy? The definition of software piracy is the "unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software." While this definition may sound simple, its impact and affect are anything but. In 2008, worldwide software piracy rates rose to 41 percent, with losses estimated at $50.2 billion, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance. Identification Whether you purchase software from a retail store or download installation files from an Internet site, a user license, not the CD or possession of installation files, is what gives you the right to install and use the software. The license you purchase defines specific terms and conditions regarding legal use of the software, such as how many computers you may install the software on, or whether you can transfer the software to another computer. Any actions you take outside the limits of the license constitute software piracy. 1 Methods Software piracy can take many forms, but one of the most common includes counterfeiting, or a licensed user making duplicate copies of the software to sell or give away, with or without providing codes to unlicensed users as a work-around to anti-piracy features. Other piracy methods include ...

Words: 2493 - Pages: 10

Why Is Software Piracy so Pervasive

...Why is software piracy so pervasive? I believe software piracy is so wide-spread because of the easy method for sharing this software world-wide through the internet. With peer-to-peer sharing through torrent sites a person can share software with the world. Without the ability to share software on the internet piracy would be much less pervasive. I have heard some people make the excuse for using pirated software on the exorbitant profits that companies like Microsoft are generating due to overpriced software. Years ago there was an outcry that Microsoft should give a discount when a person purchased multiple copies. In response, Microsoft did finally offer a discounted Family Pak for their OS and Office. I also believe the conversion to digital formats like eBooks and mp3’s has made it easier to pirate these types of products. What are your innovative ideas to reduce this problem? This is a battle that I feel the software industry is losing although they have put up a fight. We have seen torrent sites shut down, individuals jailed, and people fined and yet pirating only seems to grow. Popular sites like isohunt and Demonoid which were shut down by the MPAA have resurrected their torrent site in different countries. Over the years the software industry has tried numerous methods including serial numbers, activation, and more recently online activation and authentication as Microsoft started with the new Office 2013, but it seems hackers continue to find methods...

Words: 312 - Pages: 2

Microsoft Corporation

...Microsoft Corporation Craig Kraemer ITT Technical Institute of Canton, MI Abstract The purpose of this paper is to advise Microsoft Corporation on how it can ensure its future success as a company in its current market. Through market analysis and examining business data. This paper will explain how the core microeconomic principles impact the sustainability of Microsoft Corporation and what actions it can take to ensure future success. Keywords: Microsoft Corporation, market analysis, microeconomics Microsoft Corporation Overview Microsoft Corporation is a leading developer of personal computer software systems and applications. Mainly known for the Windows operating system. The company also publishes books and multimedia titles, offers e-mail services, and sells electronic game systems, computer peripherals (input/output devices), and portable media players. History In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen form a partnership called Microsoft, deriving the name from the words microcomputer and software. Then in 1980 Microsoft focuses on a new operating system—the software that manages, or runs, the computer hardware and also serves to bridge the gap between the computer hardware and programs, such as a word processor. It’s the foundation on which computer programs can run. They name their new operating system "MS‑DOS." On November 20, 1985, two years after the initial announcement, Microsoft ships Windows 1.0. Now, rather than typing MS‑DOS commands, you......

Words: 886 - Pages: 4

Software Piracy

...Software Piracy in Pakistan Piracy is considered to be illegally spreading of anyone’s work. Being an illegal act measures should be taken to ban it and violators should be punished. The history of piracy goes back to the ancient times when people started trading and they were robbed in their ways to the destination. In the 20th century the word piracy was expanded to redistributing, selling or copying of some ones work without one’s consent. With the advancement of technology and individual work, the piracy on individual or company level is also becoming a burning issue. For instance radio piracy consists of unofficial and part-time broadcasting of different channels. Similar is the case of electronic media where stealing and distribution of CDs, DVDs, softwares, soft copies of documents and other stuff has become common. Among these piracies of electronic media, illegal use of softwares is the utmost issue of today’s world of technology. Software piracy is the illegal copying, distribution, unauthorized resale, software counterfeiting and cracking for personal use. It is obviously an illegal act as it is considered as confiscating one’s intellectual property. In software piracy, software is purchased by one person for one single computer or organization & it is then duplicated as backup or given to other people for their personal use. The different types of software piracy include end user piracy, reseller piracy, trade name infringement and internet piracy. These all......

Words: 2501 - Pages: 11

Microsoft License

...July 2015 MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM IF YOU LIVE IN (OR IF YOUR PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IS IN) THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE READ THE BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN SECTION 10. IT AFFECTS HOW DISPUTES ARE RESOLVED. Thank you for choosing Microsoft! Depending on how you obtained the Windows software, this is a license agreement between (i) you and the device manufacturer or software installer that distributes the software with your device; or (ii) you and Microsoft Corporation (or, based on where you live or if a business where your principal place of business is located, one of its affiliates) if you acquired the software from a retailer. Microsoft is the device manufacturer for devices produced by Microsoft or one of its affiliates, and Microsoft is the retailer if you acquired the software directly from Microsoft. This agreement describes your rights and the conditions upon which you may use the Windows software. You should review the entire agreement, including any supplemental license terms that accompany the software and any linked terms, because all of the terms are important and together create this agreement that applies to you. You can review linked terms by pasting the (aka.ms/) link into a browser window. By accepting this agreement or using the software, you agree to all of these terms, and consent to the transmission of certain information during activation and during your use of the software as per the...

Words: 5532 - Pages: 23

Software Piracy

...Week 1 Assignment Software piracy is the illegal copying, distribution, or use of software. It is such a profitable "business" that it has caught the attention of organized crime groups in a number of countries. When you purchase a commercial software package, an end user license agreement ( EULA) is included to protect that software program from copyright infringement. Typically, the license states that you can install the original copy of software you bought on one computer and that you can make a backup copy in case the original is lost or damaged. You agree to the licensing agreement when you open the software package (this is called a shrink wrap license), when you open the envelope that contains the software disks, or when you install the software. 2 organizations that that work to prevent software piracy is SIIA and FAST. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is a trade organization for the software and digital content industry. SIIA offers global services in business development, government relations, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to companies. It also advocates a legal and regulatory environment that benefits the entire industry. The Federation Against Software Theft was set up in 1984 by the British Computer Society's Copyright Committee, and was the first software copyright organization in the U.K. Its first action was to raise the awareness of software piracy and to lobby the U.K. Parliament for changes in the......

Words: 490 - Pages: 2

Find and Compare the Ratio Analysis of Oracle Corporation and Microsoft Corporation.

...| | | Form 10-KORACLE CORP - ORCLFiled: June 29, 2007 (period: May 31, 2007)Annual report which provides a comprehensive overview of the company for the past year| | | Table of Contents| | UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington, D.C. 20549 FORM 10-K | | | x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934| For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2007| OR| o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934| Commission file number: 000-51788 Oracle Corporation (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) | | | Delaware| |54-2185193| (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)| |(I.R.S. employer identification no.)| 500 Oracle Parkway Redwood City, California 94065 (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code) (650) 506-7000 (Registrant’?s telephone number, including area code) Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: | | | Title of Each Class| |Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered| Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share| |The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC| Preferred Stock Purchase Rights| |The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC| Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES x ...

Words: 64092 - Pages: 257

Case Study - Microsoft Corporation

...Microsoft Corporation International Business BADM 455, Section 1 Peng Wang (Nath) October 01, 2011 Catalogue Summary ................................................................................................. 1 Introduction............................................................................................................. 2 SWOT Analysis.......................................................................................................... 5 Global Market and Challenges................................................................................. 7 Industry Analysis…………........................................................................................... 9 Competitor Analysis…………...................................................................................... 10 Recommendation…………………………......................................................................... 12 Conclusion…………….................................................................................................. 13 Reference...........................................................................................................14 Summary Introduction of Microsoft Corporation Starting in 1975, Microsoft corporation was established by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Depending on MS-DOS, Microsoft rose a lot in home computer operating system market in 1990s. Later, used Microsoft Windows control the computer operating system market.......

Words: 3213 - Pages: 13

Rare Earth | HD How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008) | The Land Before ...