• Piracy Education

    Combating piracy in the software industry is a global effort that requires local efforts. In addition to the work and investment that Microsoft is undertaking to drive down the incidence of software piracy, there are many other organizations and alliances around the world that are joining together to develop new technologies to aid in piracy prevention. Fostering the protection of intellectual property promotes technological innovation, drives economic growth by leveling the playing field and helps consumers and businesses be more confident in their technology purchases. Learn about the work taking place to promote the protection of intellectual property rights through cloud computing and other best practices like software asset management (SAM).

    BSA | The Software Alliance

    The BSA represents the world's leading publishers, educates computer users on software copyrights, and advocates public policy that fosters innovation and expands trade opportunities and fights software piracy.

    Cloud Computing

    Microsoft approaches cloud computing as a way to help customers take a key step toward better business agility, economics, and user experiences. For many modern CIOs and technology leaders, the cloud presents an opportunity to redefine the role IT plays in implementing a business’s strategy. Because of its power to fundamentally change how businesses operate and compete, the cloud is a game changer for the enterprise.

  • Windows Licensing
  • Software Asset Management (SAM) Practices

  • Microsoft and other industry leaders are at the forefront of advocating Software Asset Management (SAM). SAM practices incorporate a set of proven processes and procedures for managing and optimizing your organization's IT assets. Implementing SAM across your organization protects your software investments and helps you recognize what you have, where it's running, and if your organization is using your assets efficiently.
  • Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

  • The Software and Information Industry Association is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age.
  • International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC)

  • The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition is the largest multinational organization devoted solely to combating product counterfeiting and piracy. Composed of a cross section of businesses and industries, including automotive, apparel, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, food, book publishing, software and entertainment, the IACC is devoted solely to combating product counterfeiting and piracy. The IACC's members' combined sales exceed $500 billion and account for more than 10 percent of annual U.S. GNP.