ALLDATA – Cracking Down on Software Piracy ALLDATA wins case against pirating and counterfeiting of registered trademark by a Long Beach-based business computers, networks and software distributor.
Elk Grove, CA – January 26, 2007 – While many
automotive repair shop owners know that copying and/or
distributing copyrighted software illegally is considered piracy,
what they may not be aware of is that even possession of software
that has been illegally copied is piracy.
To protect their customers and product integrity, ALLDATA is
aggressively pursuing civil and criminal action against all
software pirates. “ALLDATA has a zero tolerance policy on
software piracy,” says Susan Slish, Product Security Program
Manager, ALLDATA LLC. “In addition to continually improving our
software’s internal security, we investigate all leads regarding
the unlicensed distribution of our products.” Susan adds, “We
want criminals to know that they will be caught and prosecuted.”
Recently, two individuals, Andy T. Tran and Vu P. Nguyen from
Business Computer Solutions in Long Beach, California, were
charged with copyright infringement. They were sentenced to five
years’ felony probation, restitution to be paid to ALLDATA over a
5 year period and 60 days of community service.
According to the Software & Information Industry Association
(SIIA), the software industry annually loses about $12 billion
world wide from piracy – $2 billion in North America alone. To
combat this problem, several federal agencies, such as: the U.S.
Copyright Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, Senate Judiciary Committee and the U.S.
Department of Justice maintain software piracy divisions. Their
sole purpose is to track down and prosecute software pirates and
cyber criminals, including those who use unlicensed software,
either ignorantly or deliberately.
Using pirated software can also be risky. Aside from the legal
consequences related to pirated software, users also forfeit many
practical benefits of authentic software. Those who use pirated
Increase the chances that the software will not function
correctly or will fail completely
Forfeit access to customer support, upgrades, technical
documentation, training and bug fixes
Have no warranty protection
Increase their risk of exposure to a debilitating virus that
can destroy valuable data
May find that the software is actually an outdated version, a
beta (test) version, or a non-functioning copy
Are subject to significant fines for copyright infringement
Risk potential negative publicity resulting in loss of
Don’t be fooled! If the price of the software is too good to be
true, the chances are it is illegal or unlicensed. In addition,
pirated software packaging can look very similar to the genuine
product. To be certain you are receiving authentic ALLDATA
products, buy only from an authorized ALLDATA representative.