Software piracy whistle-blowers get bigger rewards

Software piracy whistle-blowers get bigger rewards

Summary: The Business Software Alliance is doubling the maximum reward it will pay to individuals who report companies that are using pirated software.The BSA -- a trade group supported by Microsoft, Adobe Systems and other major software makers to enforce software licenses and copyrights--announced on Friday that it is raising the ceiling on payments to UK whistle-blowers to US$37,000 (£20,000 pounds) for reports received during November and December this year.

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The Business Software Alliance is doubling the maximum reward it will pay to individuals who report companies that are using pirated software.

The BSA -- a trade group supported by Microsoft, Adobe Systems and other major software makers to enforce software licenses and copyrights--announced on Friday that it is raising the ceiling on payments to UK whistle-blowers to US$37,000 (£20,000 pounds) for reports received during November and December this year.

Under the BSA's rules, someone who reports that a company is using illegal software -- such as counterfeit or unlicensed programs -- will receive a reward of 10 percent of the face value of the software recovered.

Previously, this payment was capped at US$18,500.

The BSA is hoping that this offer of a larger maximum reward will force companies which are using illegal software to address the issue. The company recently commissioned a survey of around 2,000 UK workers which found that 47 percent of those surveyed said they would be bothered if their company was using software it hadn't paid for.

"People are concerned about working in an environment where illegal or counterfeit software is used," said Siobhan Carroll, the BSA's regional manager for Northern Europe, in a statement.

"In order to tackle software piracy head-on and reduce the UK's 29 percent piracy rate, we are doubling the reward, as we think businesses will become more aware of the dangers of non-compliance," Carroll added.

Companies using illegal software run the greatest risk of being reported by current or former members of IT staff, according to the BSA.

Topics: Piracy, Security, Software

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  • stop piracy

    1. If I report someone for piracy, will I get a reward?
    2. How much reward will i received????
    3. I want to report someone for piracy, but I don't want them to know it was me. Do I have to give you my name?
    anonymous
  • reporting for illegal usage of softwares(windows XP & adobe photoshop)

    i would like to report the company i'm working right now for illegal usage of windows xp there are 50 computer units in this company and we are using it for 24 hours a day for about 3 years now. and our windows xp and adobe photoshop application has no license. and i just want to inquire if there is a reward and a witness protection program about this matter. for contacts just email me at my email address.this is for now.
    anonymous
  • Stop Piracy

    Well Arush, you have kinda given your name..
    anonymous
  • GROUPAMA caught in $200m PIRACY case

    GROUPAMA (a large French insurer) was caught in a $200m PIRACY case where it used "bank secrecy" to ask Police not to investigate its computers...

    The fun part of the story is that the (Paris) General Prosecuter found no infraction in this (illegal) agreement!

    See the whole story on:

    http://remoteanything.com/archives/groupama.pdf
    anonymous
  • So.. there's a reward?
    I'd like to file a report, a internet cafe that has around 10 units with Games and applications(Like Warcraft 3 of blizzard ent. and more) and installed counterfeited OS and illegally installed.

    This post is 2004 so I want to some updates filling a report this 2010
    AntiPiracy_Phantom
  • too late!

    I know some internet cafe's here in the Philippines using pirated softwares. Right now, my screen keeps blinking a notification about Microsof OS as pirated.

    I get a rewards for this only if this is still 2004!
    elvandesantos