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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:34 pm 
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http://www.zeropaid.com/news/9362/Sony+ ... ets+Seized

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An anonymous reader sends us to ZeroPaid, which seems to be the only site in English to have picked up a story out of France involving Sony and piracy. Except this time the shoe is on the other foot.

The small software company PointDev learned that Sony BMG was using a pirated license for one of its system administration tools. PointDev got bailiffs to raid a Sony property and they found pirated software on four servers.

The source article (link is to a Google translation of French original) quotes PointDev's spokesman claiming that the BSA believes 47% of software used in corporations to be illegal — whether he is referring to Sony in particular is not clear in the translation

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yea, we're talking about that in publishing atm, appearantly 50% of all their software is pirated, as well as hacking into people's registries via simply playing it on the computer, ex. when putting in the CD and WMP recognizes it as a SONY/BMG cd, but the latter has not been proved i dont think

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I haven't seen any list of software that was deemed pirated, is there such a list?

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http://www.pointdev.com/index-en.php#tab5 well at least one was admin tools and the license for the software seems to run around $400.00 maybe more since on the site they have an estimate option (maybe for customization for your business). Sad that a company with the wealth of Sony would pirate, though the higher echelon of directors probably didn't even know about it, that'll probably be a defense. That is was isolated to a section of the company, and they will fire all the responsible people. Dunno if they will get out of this one or not easily, too publicized.

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ShadowGuy wrote:
appearantly 50% of all their software is pirated

That one got twisted a bit much. The reporter that filed the Sony claim stated that he thought between all companies in the world, more than 50% was pirated. Sony is really pissed off because the way it got worded, and the author has since submitted a retraction stating that he was not discussing Sony specifically in that figure.

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