Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Major Push Coming Against Pirates On Online Auction Sites

A software industry trade group plans to launch next week a major initiative against software piracy on EBay Inc. and other popular online auction sites by filing its first round of lawsuits.

The Software and Information Industry Association, a major trade group for the software and digital content industry, will unveil the Auction Litigation Program Tuesday at a San Francisco news conference, the organization's public relations firm said in an email. The first round of lawsuits would be filed Monday in Los Angeles.

Under the program, the SIIA would monitor auction sites, identify individuals and groups selling pirated software and sue suspected pirates on behalf of its members.

SIIA officials were not immediately available for comment. The group has 750 members that include some of the biggest names in the industry, including Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi America, IBM and Time Warner Inc. Companies that may not be members but participate in the group's anti-piracy efforts include Adobe Systems, Intuit, Microsoft and Oracle.

EBay welcomed the efforts of the SIIA in helping software companies protect themselves from copyright infringement.

  • 1