Got Conned? Report it and Earn $500

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is offerring $500 to anyone who unwittingly purchased pirated software from sites like eBay and who report it to them.

According to the SIIA, they are doing this because “these sites are unwilling to take the actions necessary to reduce the high-volume software piracy taking place on their sites“, something which I have said here on more than one occassion.

Thanks to a whistleblower, the SIIA has already filed a lawsuit against Fox Rothschild, a prestigious law firm which is alledged to have used pirated software from Adobe, Corel, Sonic Solutions and Symantec.

Details here.

  • Evan Yares

    The offer says “up to $500.”

    The SIIA also offers a “reward of up to $1 million” for reporting piracy.”

    The reality of the situation is that the SIIA never pays all that much. In 2006, they paid a total of $78,500 to 17 people.

    Considering that the SIIA has, as members, over 800 large software companies, that’s not much of an impact.

  • Evan Yares

    The offer says “up to $500.”The SIIA also offers a “reward of up to $1 million” for reporting piracy.” The reality of the situation is that the SIIA never pays all that much. In 2006, they paid a total of $78,500 to 17 people.Considering that the SIIA has, as members, over 800 large software companies, that’s not much of an impact.