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Software industry to sue eBay pirates

The powerful Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) in the US is preparing a major anti-counterfeit software drive against online auction sites, and will unleash its first round of lawsuits against alleged counterfeit software sellers.

The powerful Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) in the US is preparing a major anti-counterfeit software drive against online auction sites, and will unleash its first round of lawsuits against alleged counterfeit software sellers.

The SIIA campaign will be launched in the US next week. The association plans to monitor auction sites, including eBay, identify individuals and groups selling pirate software, and then sue them on behalf of its members.

SIIA membership includes Apple Computer, HP, Hitachi and IBM. Microsoft and Oracle aren’t members but participate in SIIA anti-piracy initiatives.

The SIIA is not threatening to sue eBay for carrying counterfeit software on its site, although jewellery company Tiffany is currently suing eBay for allegedly not doing enough to stop the sale of counterfeit Tiffany goods on its site. EBay says it takes down any counterfeit goods from its site.

A number of file-sharing peer-to-peer networks have lost legal actions against the music and film industry for facilitating the distribution of unlicensed music and movies. Their defence – that they simply provide a communications infrastructure for their members – has not washed with the courts.

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