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Use Pirated Software ? Treat Your Employees Right

Employers who use pirated software in their organizations must quickly learn to treat their employees with respect and instantly offer a nice pay hike. Disgruntled staff and angry workers could otherwise seek revenge with surprise BSA Software Audits.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) found that three-quarters of workers would consider informing on their company if they felt that their boss had treated them unfairly. In addition, a quarter said a poor pay rise could lead them to tip off the BSA.

BSA is using the results of this to attract employees report the use of illegal software within UK businesses.

The BSA is offering a reward of up to £20,000 to anyone who reports illegal software usage in an organisation before the end of June. People can submit confidential leads via - all those who report illegal use remain anonymous.

Once a report comes in, BSA calls the software company whose programs have allegedly been pirated. The investigator asks the software company to check its database to see if registration information gibes with the report.

When pirated software is discovered, the companies have to delete it, buy new software and pay BSA settlement claims, typically thousands of dollars, in order for the case to be settled out of court.

Source: BSA Press Release