V.i. Laboratories has developed anti-piracy software dubbed “CodeArmor Intelligence” that detects when a software product is being illegally used and reports that usage back to its developer, providing independent software vendors and their channel partners a way to recover lost revenue.
The product, CodeArmor Intelligence, gives software vendors another weapon in the on-going battle against software piracy. Twenty to 30 percent of installed software in the U.S. is believed to be pirated and that number is far higher in other parts of the world. Every $1 reduction in software piracy results in $4.37 in new revenue and $1.13 in lower costs for solution providers, according to a recent IDC study conducted for Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) and the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners.
V.i. Labs will initially focus its sales efforts on software systems with big price tags such as computer-aided design (CAD), product lifecycle management (PLM) and electronic design automation (EDA) applications. Earlier V.i. Labs issued a report co-produced with Internet Crimes Group saying piracy groups such as The Bitter End, LineZero0, oDDity and Zero Waiting Time were exploiting security gaps in the common licensing mechanisms in CAD, PLM and EDA software to product counterfeit copies.