By Kyle Lynch, Director of Sales, SmartFlow Many software sales teams are just getting back from the excitement of the annual kick-off meetings. All of the new products, strategies, competitive analysis, and motivational speeches are fading into the background and the realization that January has come and gone, and the quotas are higher than ever is settling in!
By Ross Semplice, Regional Sales Manager, SmartFlow Compliance Solutions Frequently heard terms such as “software piracy,” “cracked software,” and “counterfeit licenses” all sound very harsh and very illegal, which in fact, they are. Another form of software abuse that is talked about less often is something called “creative licensing,” which is just as illegal as counterfeit licenses.
Our guest blogger Michael O’Connor is a visiting assistant professor at Penn State Law, with teaching and research focusing on cyber law. Before moving to academia, he spent nearly a decade practicing technology-focused law in Washington, D.C. His work in that sector is the basis for this discussion on how the International Trade Commission (ITC) can be used as a legal remedy to stem the tide of […]
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has released its 2018 global software survey and key takeaways are very enlightening. Conducted in partnership with International Data Corporation (IDC), the survey quantifies the volume and value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers across more than 110 national and regional economies.
The Trump administration announced new trade tariffs against China in March, claiming that the President is “standing up for American innovation.” Details from a U.S. Trade Representative investigation cited in the official announcement support what many of us in industries that are being pirated have been talking about for years and parallel piracy figures from a report released last year by the […]
As you probably are well aware by now, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect next month on May 25. Much is being written about it, and if you do any sales and/or marketing, you’re probably getting all kinds of emails warning you about the need to be compliant with the new regulations regarding your collection and processing of personal data.
SmartFlow CEO Ted Miracco delivered the keynote at the REUSE Conference on December 14 in Santa Clara, CA. In a video interview with conference organizer Warren Savage, general manager of IP at EDA company Silvaco, Ted talks about the global problem of software and IP piracy and the dangers it presents when using cracked software. Any software company that doesn't have an active license compliance […]
A report from the National Association of Manufacturers connects the dots from software piracy to the loss of over 42,000 manufacturing jobs and over $239B in revenues, as shown in the figure on the right. While I believe the basis of the study and trust the methodology, there has always been some lingering doubt about the tangible impact to real-world victims. Recently, however, the ramifications […]