Is Your Boss A Pirate?
The Business Software Alliance, an organization representing the nation's software manufacturers, is calling on employees to turn in employers who are using unlicensed software. They're even dangling a $1 million reward as an incentive.
The alliance launched its rewards program back in the fall of 2005 and said it has since settled with hundreds of companies since then. But, as part of a campaign that kicked off this week and will continue through October, the alliance has upped the reward from $200,000 to $1 million.
The organization says that software piracy causes millions of dollars in lost revenues every year and that illegal software can increase the risk for security and technical problems in a workplace. Companies face fines of up to $150,000 for each software title that has been copied.
Sure, many businesses don't mean to use unlicensed software. Executives at fast-growing companies often put software licensing on the back-burner. Some rely on outside tech professionals to manage the software - and later find that the software wasn't installed legally. Others point to employees who installed software on a company machine without authorization.
"Businesses have a million excuses for having unlicensed software on office computers," said Jenny Blank, Director of Enforcement for the Business Software Alliance. "BSA is now offering up to a million dollars for employees who turn them in."
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