Feeds

Microsoft: ‘UK schools sitting on a time bomb’

Birmingham tops illegal software league

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A new UK survey of 70 per cent of primary and 30 per cent of secondary schools shows that Birmingham tops the league of pirated software. Some 40 per cent of state schools in the city are breaking the law by allowing teachers and pupils to copy software illegally.

The survey, carried out for Microsoft by the British Educational Suppliers Association, has prompted the software behemoth to produce a guide Preventing Software Theft in Schools which it is sending to every headteacher in the UK.

"The survey revealed that thousands of schools are sitting on a legal time bomb, and the aim of our guide is to help those schools get legal before that bomb goes off," says David Burrows, Head of Microsoft UK's Education Group.

"Microsoft and the IT industry as a whole have a responsibility to work with the education sector to help the understanding of software theft. There is currently huge confusion in schools surrounding the theft of software and most schools are only unwittingly breaking the law."

Under British and European legislation, schools face unlimited fines if software manufacturers find their programs have been copied or are unlicensed. A Microsoft spokeswoman said there was little likelihood of the company taking schools to court and that the aim was to educate rather than to punish. Asked why Birmingham had come out worst, she admitted they didn't know.

"But what I can tell you that Scottish schools seem to be the most law-abiding," she added. ®

Related story

Pirates- make 'em walk the plank

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.