Schwartz On Security: Piracy Equals Market Failure

    Date15 Apr 2011
    CategoryLatest News
    Posted ByDave Wreski
    What's the best way to combat music, movie, and software piracy? The Android camp offers one approach. Facing piracy of Android software--obviously, a turnoff for third-party developers who need to make a living--Google recently added in-app billing to provide developers with another revenue stream. Now, customers can demo an application before buying it, or purchase upgrades from within the existing application. Another option comes from the high-technology sector, and involves finding businesses that are pirating your products and suggesting they pay up, so as to avoid fines. This is a strategy practiced by the Business Software Alliance, which counts Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft as members.
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