Autodesk is winning a battle against the many companies who use unauthorized copies of its software. The company has recovered $63 million since its Piracy Prevention Program was started in 1989 and $3 million so far in 2004. The First Annual Business Software Alliance and International Data Corporation Global Software Piracy Study was also recently released, pointing out an alarming piracy trend. PC software companies estimate they lose $6.5 billion annually compared to $3 billion lost in the U.S. motion picture industry and $4.2 billion lost in the U.S. recording industry according to the Recording Industry Association of America. For more info, go to www.autodesk.com/piracy.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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