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The Surprising Risks of Counterfeit Software in Business

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Executive Summary

In 2006, international market research firm IDC published a paper sponsored by Microsoft about the risks of obtaining and using counterfeit software1 The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a respected industry trade organization, defines software piracy as the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers. Counterfeit software, also as defined by the BSA, is the illegal duplication and sale of copyrighted material with the intent of directly imitating the copyrighted product.

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