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BSA PAYS DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEES TO RAT ON ‘PIRATING’ BOSSES

Ernesto, Torrent Freak, 5/28/16 The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, is known to offer cash payments to people who help them find companies that run unlicensed software. Today we speak with an attorney who has represented more than 250 defendants in these cases, which are regularly triggered by disgruntled employees.

201605.11
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Software piracy claims can ruin your business and reward those responsible

Robert J. Scott, TechCrunch, 5/11/16 There is a highly divisive and costly practice that software companies have inflicted on their customers for nearly a decade. This practice brings with it significant emotional duress, time investment and financial penalties — all of which divert meaningful resources from revenue-driving activities. And to add insult to injury, this…

201605.01
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Tracking Down Proofs of Purchase for Software Licenses

When a company receives a letter from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) questioning the authenticity of software licensing status and demanding an in-house audit, it is very important to have proofs of purchase for the licenses in question. Absent sufficient proof of purchase, the BSA will assume that the associated software installations are unlicensed and…

201604.15
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Unbundling Software Suites in BSA Audits

One of the most controversial tactics the BSA uses when calculating its settlement demands is its practice of unbundling software suites such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Unbundling occurs when the target of a BSA audit is unable to provide acceptable proof of purchase for one or more installation of a software suite….

201603.15
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Unpleasant Surprises in BSA & SIIA Software Audits

Many companies who comply with a demand by a software publisher or industry association (such as the BSA or the SIIA) for an internal software audit end up facing significant settlement demands after forwarding their audit materials to the other side. One of the reasons the settlement demands often are so high is the fact…

201602.16
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How To Survive A Software Licensing Audit

Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek, 1/1/16 Enterprise IT organizations face software audits as a matter of doing business with large technology vendors. What’s the best approach to dealing with them? Here’s a look at what you should and shouldn’t do when you get that software licensing audit notice.

201602.16
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Software Licensing Audits: Is Your Company Prepared?

Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek, 12/31/15 Software licensing audits can cause minor annoyance or excruciating pain, depending on their scope and how ready your enterprise is for the disruption and expense. We take a look at trends in software licensing audits and the ways they impact your IT organization and your business.

201602.15
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What is the BSA’s Definition of Software Piracy?

“Software piracy” is a favorite catch-phrase used by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the software companies it represents.  Most people understand software piracy to involve the intentional copying and, in many cases, distribution of copyrighted software to third parties without permission of the copyright owner.  Understandably, the term has extremely negative connotations, and most businesses will…