Reward For Software Piracy Dobbers Quadrupled To $20K
By Computer Daily News | Wednesday | 06/04/2016
The Business Software Alliance - which pursues Australian businesses using unlicensed software - has quadrupled the potential reward for people who dob in an offending business, driving the maximum up from $5000 to $20,000.
|Would-be dobbers will need to disclose accurate
information regarding unlawful copying or use of BSA members' software, it says
- and they must be prepared to provide assistance and evidence to support the
information, as may be required by the BSA's legal advisers.|
BSA says it's being driven - at least partly - by a recent IDC report that found
the higher the unlicensed software rate in a country, the more malware is
encountered on PCs in that country.
"The implication for governments, enterprises and end users is clear:
eliminating unlicensed software on their networks could help reduce the risk of
cybersecurity incidents," said Roland Chan, BSA Asia-Pac senior director.
"BSA will continue to raise awareness around the benefits businesses will
see through introducing a robust SAM [software asset management] practice,
ultimately helping business to avoid financial, legal and security risks,"
"With cybercrime rising in Australia, it's now more crucial than
ever for organisations to introduce a formal policy on licensed software use to
create the best possible security to protect them from infringement and
Natch, BSA is also driven by its member company's desire to maximise software
revenue. In 2015, the alliance settled 16 software piracy cases - one third of
them occurring in Western Australia.
Estimated value of the illegal software was put at $311,500, down from more
than $820,000 in 2014.
Global companies that back the BSA include Apple, Microsoft, CA, IBM, Oracle
and Symantec. The local arm started in 1989 as the Business Software
Association of Australia.
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