One of the many warnings that those fighting anti-piracyhave given is to widen the focus to include online auction sites.
As traditional means of selling and buying counterfeit productsbecome complemented with online options including auction sites andpeer-to-peer and groups fighting piracy have been forced to extend theiractivities.
The latest to report it has fought back is the Business SoftwareAlliance (BSA), which has terminated 18,000 auctions that were selling 45,000items of pirated software for a total of £12m.
NeilMacBride, vice president, anti-piracy and general counsel, BSA, said thatbuying online was anonymous and gave some buyers the feeling that intellectual propertytheft was a “victimless crime”.
“Whilstmany would not dream of shoplifting a music CD or package of software from astore, they are willing to go online to seek out copies of what is clearlyillegal software. Ignorance is not an excuse – businesses should be makingbasic checks to ensure that what they are buying is authentic,” he said.
Inthe past Microsoft has been particularly active taking down auctions that wereselling pirated software and last year issued a number of writs against sellerson eBay.