July 12, 2004
Autodesk Announces $63 Million In Software Revenue Recoveries
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Autodesk Announces $63 Million In Software Revenue Recoveries
Autodesk announced that it has recovered more than $63 million in North America since its Piracy Prevention Program began in 1989, and $3 million during the last year, from settlements with companies using unauthorized Autodesk software. This announcement coincides with today's release of the First Annual Business Software Alliance (BSA) and International Data Corporation (IDC) Global Software Piracy Study. As a founding member of the BSA, Autodesk educates customers and the general public about software piracy and its damaging effects on the economy and product innovation -- while aggressively seeking legal recourse against copyright infringers.
"We work with our customers to help them employ the latest tools and purchase options to ensure that they are using legally licensed software," said David Crane, director of government affairs and corporate counsel for Autodesk. "Good software management practices can go a long way toward addressing piracy, but we also call on government officials to increase criminal enforcement. Software theft -- and that's what it is -- undermines the economy generally and software innovation in particular."
Recording Industry Association of America estimates its losses at $4.2 billion annually.
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estimates that more than one million new jobs and $400 billion in economic growth would be created. All in all, a lot of money is being lost on a lot of different levels.
Report Uncovers ~5 Million CAD Solid Modeling Seats Worldwide
Wohlers Associates, Inc., in cooperation with industry analyst Joe Greco, has announced that 4.96 million mechanical CAD (MCAD) seats were installed worldwide through the end of 2003. This total includes both commercial and educational seats. The leading MCAD product family in cumulative commercial installations, according to the study, is Pro/ENGINEER, followed by CATIA, Unigraphics (including IDEAS), Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, SolidWorks, and Solid Edge. Among the MCAD products not counted were Alibre, KeyCreator (formerly CADKEY), OneSpace Designer, IronCAD, thinkdesign, VX CAD/CAM, and Cobalt (formally Vellum Solids).
"The MCAD industry experienced a moderate rebound in 2003," stated Joe Greco, a well-known analyst and author that focuses on the MCAD industry. "Both revenues and unit sales were up over the previous year," he said. "PTC's aggressive push into education has boosted the total installed base in a big way."
For four years, Greco has worked closely with Wohlers Associates to determine CAD solid modeling growth trends. This information has helped the company forecast the expansion and acceptance of machines for rapid prototyping and 3D printing, the primary focus of Wohlers Report 2004. This worldwide study presents the rapid prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing state of the industry in a 270-page softbound publication.
Wohlers Report 2004 sells for $425 in the U.S. and $445 in all other countries. The report's table of contents, as well as additional information on the rapid prototyping market and industry, are available at
Wohlers Associates, Inc. is an independent consulting firm that works closely with manufacturing organizations to identify the best approaches to rapid product development. As the company's principal consultant, Terry Wohlers tracks new methods and technologies to determine a strategic direction that gives companies an edge. His views and opinions come from years of collecting and analyzing market data, coupled with work as an advisor to major organizations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa.
Mechanical has quite an extensive following. Some of the MCAD applications not included have some pretty substantial numbers, as well. CADKEY (now called KeyCreator), for example, a few years ago had between 220,000-240,000 installed seats. So, by using the 5 million as a base number for the products included in their count, let's add MCAD applications not included, and although I hate to include these, pirated seats. All that combined, I arrive at a figure approaching 10 million worldwide, and probably a bit more. Any way you slice it, there are a lot of MCAD seats out there and a lot that have yet to be filled.
Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at
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Autodesk Announces $63 Million in Recoveries in Response to BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study
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