eBay slammed over pirated software

Report claims at least 90 percent of all software available on eBay is illegal

A leading anti-piracy body has accused eBay over counterfeit software, claiming in a new report that "at least 90 percent of all software available on eBay is illegal."

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is an association for software companies whose anti-piracy division acts rather like the UK's Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in its efforts to combat software piracy in the workplace. Members include AOL, Adobe, IBM, Intel, Novell, Quark, and Sun, among many others.

During 2007, the SIIA received 427 reports of alleged corporate end-user piracy, and in 17 percent of the cases judged there was sufficient evidence to pursue charges.

The report revealed some interesting data regarding the types of software most commonly pirated in 2007. The largest share of software titles pirated fall into the 'productivity' category (34 per cent), compared to 23 per cent for 'operating system'. The 'document management' sector scored 8 per cent, the 'creative' segment scored 7 per cent and 'security' scored 6 per cent. 'Accounting', 'CAD', and 'mapping' each scored one per cent.

The study also named the top ten software titles infringed by companies in 2007, as well as the top ten infringed software titles on the Internet. It also lists the top ten infringed software titles on auction sites.

Indeed, the report reserved some of its harshest criticism for auction sites. "Some of the largest and most damaging counterfeiting and piracy problems take place on eBay and other auction sites," said the report.

"Consumers feel 'taken' when they buy software or any other product only to find out when it arrives that the software is a fake, and they did not get an instruction manual or can't get support from the software company," the report added.

"Auction piracy would not be such a big problem if SIIA and its members could get better cooperation from eBay and other auction sites," it said. "Unfortunately, these sites are often unwilling to take the actions necessary to reduce the high-volume software piracy taking place on their sites."

Last year, IDC said that the software industry lost US$28.8 billion worldwide through software piracy, with China topping the software piracy league.

The top ten software titles most frequently pirated by companies: (Sterling prices were sourced from Amazon's UK website)

  • Symantec Norton Anti-Virus (£29)
  • Adobe Acrobat (£267 for the complete package)
  • Symantec PC Anywhere (£89 for the full edition)
  • Adobe PhotoShop (£69 for Elements, £560 for full version)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD (from £895)
  • Adobe DreamWeaver (from £391)
  • Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator (£59 for Easy Media Creator Suite)
  • Roxio Toast Titanium (£52 - Mac only)
  • Ipswitch WS_FTP (from US$99 to $250 for the Professional version)
  • Nero Ultra Edition (£59)

2007 Software Titles Most Frequently Pirated on the Internet:

  • McAfee VirusScan (£39)
  • Symantec Norton Anti-Virus (see above)
  • McAfee Internet Security Suite (£49)
  • Intuit TurboTax (from US$29 to $99)
  • Adobe Photoshop (see above)
  • Adobe Acrobat (see above)
  • Intuit Quicken Home and Business (US$99)
  • Symantec Norton pcAnywhere (see above)
  • Symantec Norton Ghost (£39)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (£999)

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tom Jowitt

Techworld.com
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?