That's a lot of software.What many people fail to realize is that the harmful effects of software piracy reach far beyond the software publisher. While folks like us certainly feel the crunch because of software pirates, the ultimate victim in this crime is the consumer. Pirating software is stealing, and that makes prices go up. The more revenue that's lost because of stolen goods, the less that can be spent on research and development of new products and new innovations.
Since 1988, the BSA has filed more than 600 lawsuits against suspected software pirates. This, of course, represents only a tiny fraction of the criminals.
As a member of BSA, Symantec has the resources to prosecute software pirates. That said, however, our best information comes from our consumers, and for this we remain very grateful. To report software piracy, use the BSA hotline number to call the chapter in your area or complete the report online. If you know of, or believe you know of an organization or an individual who is committing software piracy, either through conventional distribution, or over the internet (web or ftp site), please let us know. With this sort of information, our investigation team can begin work. Our investigators will determine whether the case in question is, indeed, a case of software piracy, and what appropriate legal actions need to be taken.
If you would like to send a message to Symantec concerning a possible case of software piracy, please write to:Symantec Corporation