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The Business Software Alliance is reminding British businesses that the deadline for its 'software detox' campaign is fast approaching.

The BSA is an anti-piracy group funded by the main software vendors. Companies have until 26 March to complete and send off their Software Audit Return.

All information collected during the campaign is confidential and will not be passed to the police or the BSA enforcement team unless they are already investigating or there is a separate complaint made against the company.

Siobhan Carroll, regional manager for northern europe at the BSA, said: "Organisations are urged to take the recommended steps in order to ensure they minimise risks associated with illegal software and reap the benefits of an effective software asset management (SAM) programme"

There is an online BSA guide to SAM: click here.

The group stresses that there is no legal obligation to complete the form but doing so will minimise the risk of illegal software.

Last year 4,500 businesses completed similar letters.

Recent research carried out for the BSA found 32 per cent of companies were either not compliant or didn't know if they were compliant. ®

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