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‘Ghost piracy’ creating a challenge for enforcement

As remote work gains a foothold, the act of remotely accessing unlicensed software, known as “ghost piracy”, has been on the rise, according to BSA, The Software Alliance, a non-profit advocate for the global software industry.

“Remote work during the pandemic increased the trend of ghost piracy,” said Tarun Sawney, senior director of BSA.

There is also a problem of software licence overuse, he said. For example, a company may install legal software on the server, but mischievously share it with more users than the number allowed under its subscription.

“Working from home is not slowing down the usage of unlicensed software,” Mr Sawney said. “Accessing pirated software through a remote connection is no worse than doing so at the office”

However, software makers are able to…

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