Feeds

SA college fuming over $500k anti-piracy sting

Claims it tipped BSA off

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

A South African college faces a $500,000 fine after the Business Software alliance (BSA) pounced on counterfeit software.

The BSA described the piracy as "blatant" and "extensive", according to South African news site ITWeb, claiming the illegal stash included software from Microsoft, Lotus and Adobe.

But officials at Boston City Campus were fuming over the threats today. ITWeb reports that the campus say they were the ones that tipped the BSA off over the software in the first place.

"We approached the BSA more than a year ago, because we were concerned about the proliferation of software among our students," Boston director Ari Katz told the South African news site. "We asked for advice on how to curb this."

Katz said consultants visited the college yesterday - after the BSA filed its claim - and gave the organisation a clean bill of health. "We have an open door policy," he added. "The BSA is welcome to come and inspect our premises."

But the BSA was having none of it. "The owner of the [computers] is responsible for the software installed on them. We haven't been on the premises, and they might now have licensed software, but that doesn't change the previous non-compliance," said BSA chairman Mark Reynolds, who reckons the alleged piracy was reported via the BSA's own hotline 18 months ago.

The college forms part of a group that flogs Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Software Developer courses.

The latest action brings BSA claims to more than $1 million so far this year. Yesterday an American man admitted to being the ringleader in a $2 million Microsoft Office counterfeiting ring - he faces a maximum of seven years in jail when sentenced on January 31. ®

Related Link

The ITWeb story

Related Stories

Major MS pirate pleads guilty
Amazon in BSA anti-piracy love-in
Real IRA gets into computer piracy
BSA swoops on auction site pirate
eBay, QXL hit in piracy swoop
WH Smith fined for software theft

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.