At War with the Law
Software piracy continues to grow.
"More than one third of the software installed on the world’s computers is pirated" according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). UK copyright laws (penalties include unlimited fines and up to two years imprisonment) serve to deter unlicensed software being introduced onto company machines, but the issue is, how do organizations monitor, let alone, combat unlicensed software being introduced onto corporate systems by their users, via Internet downloads or removable media?
A BSA reward of £10,000 for revealing companies who use unlicensed software has also made it an attractive proposition for some to turn in their organisations to the authorities. After all, it is the company Directors who pay the price not the employee!
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