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Program Pirates: Steering Clear of Software Audits

Christopher Danzig, Inside Counsel, 7/1/2009

Imagine you head a small company, with just a few dozen employees and computers. One day you receive a letter from a software industry trade group, such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) or the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), informing you that it knows your company has unlicensed – or illegal – software within the network. They tell you to audit your whole system for improperly licensed software and hand over detailed results.