Software Group, Government Aim to Educate About Piracy
They are distributing "Software Strategies for Small Businesses: Best Practices for Software Compliance (pdf)" to more than 100,000 small businesses through SBA's network of field offices and resource partners across the country.
The BSA has a vested interest in curbing the rate of software piracy, since its members include technology firms Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Symantec.
The BSA and SBA say small firms can save money, plan better and negotiate lower prices with vendors through a "software asset management" plan. Small business owners paid more than $11.4 million in fines to settle software copyright infringement claims in 2006. Small firms in the manufacturing industry paid more than $2.5 million in fines, engineering-related small businesses paid more than $1 million, followed by the financial and medical communities.
The best practices guide is available at www.SmartAboutSoftware.org. The site offers direction on establishing a software policy and related sample memos to employees, along with help on auditing software licenses. The BSA notes that fines can run up to $150,000 per violation for noncompliance and could open a network to security vulnerabilities.
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