Take a closer look and you'll learn that only three enterprises and an assembly of affiliates are responsible for selling pirated software on the Web. OEM Solutions Ltd seem to be operating from China, while OEMCD Inc has most of its servers in Brazil, but many of the spamvertised domain names are registered by Romanian or Russian citizens. OEMCD claims that the software is shipped from Eastern Europe. Soft-For-Sale.com is another dubious outfit, most likely situated somewhere in the Ukraine.
The Eastern connection doesn't come as a surprise. In the past, low wages and high prices of legal software have created a profitable market for pirated software in Russia and other countries. Piracy rates in Russia are a dramatic 91 per cent for business applications and 93 per cent for entertainment software, according to Eric Schwartz, counsel to the International Intellectual Property Association.
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