IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 Holiday Shopping Tips to Avoid Buying Pirated Software

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-12-09 Print this article Print
If the Price Is Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

If the Price Is Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

The first and most important rule is to use common sense: If someone charges $20 for software priced at $200, you can bet that it is pirated software.
Most people are being especially cost-conscious this holiday season and cut-rate prices always capture attention. However, if you want to gift your friends and family members with software and related products, take an extra minute and look beyond the price if it looks like "too good" a deal. The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, conducts an aggressive anti-piracy campaign each year, based on balancing enforcement with education. Thus, the SIIA is warning shoppers to be on the lookout this holiday season for pirated software. "The holidays are a prime time for software pirates to prey on unsuspecting consumers," said Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA general counsel and senior vice president for intellectual property policy and enforcement. "Many people innocently purchase pirated software during the holidays as they try to stretch their gift-buying budgets. We want to make certain buyers are aware of risks they take when purchasing software from third-party Websites and auction sites and how they can avoid getting ripped off." To this end, the SIIA has supplied eWEEK with a checklist of 10 tips that shoppers should consider when buying software during the holidays-or at any time of year.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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