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BSA targets Indonesian pirates

In a sign of Indonesia’s increasing importance as a market for Western technology vendors, anti-piracy body the Business Software Alliance has teamed up with local police to bust numerous firms found to be running illegal copies of well-known software. The raid on 20 businesses back in March yielded pirated software from …
Phil Muncaster, 14 May 2013
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BSA marks down SOPA: ‘must try harder’

SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is increasingly looking like an orphan: the Business Software Alliance has decided the legislation is looking over-the-top. The BSA has taken a moment away from its anti-software-piracy mission to express concerns at the SOPA’s scope and the proposed processes. “Due process, free speech, and …
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BSA nabs Chester MS software pirate

A label company near Chester has handed over £24,800 after it was caught by the Business Software Alliance using unlicensed copies of Microsoft Office. The BSA was contacted by a whistleblower who asked them to investigate the company. Disgruntled ex-employees are a common source of BSA tip-offs. System Labelling Limited was …
John Oates, 10 Feb 2011
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BSA name-and-shame tactic may have backfired

The processes – or lack of them – applied by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to determine if crimes against software were committed have been placed under the spotlight. Call management software developer Tiger Communications was rapped on the knuckles late last month for using software illegally and BSA boasted it had …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2011
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Planet-wide cloud dream burst by nations' laws - BSA

A US software industry report has warned that certain countries are threatening the future of cloud computing with regulations and policies that stifle the fluffy atmosphere. The Business Software Alliance published a Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, which noted that countries including India, China and Brazil would need " …
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Much of the human race made up of thieves, says BSA

Almost a half of all PCs in operation worldwide use pirated software, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The industry body came to the number after tasking research firm Ipsos Public Affairs with a poll of 15,000 users in 32 countries, albeit a tiny fraction of the more than one billion clients used across the …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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Software pirates should offer up more booty, says BSA

Software companies should be entitled to bigger damages for the use of copied software, industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has said. Damages law needs to be changed so that companies are entitled to damages greater than the current rate of the equivalent to the cost of the software which has been copied, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2011
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The BSA's fading twentieth-century piracy fight

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been wringing its hands about software piracy since 1988, but victory may soon be at hand. No, not because pesky pirates are about to come clean, but rather because the BSA's twentieth-century battle is about to get steamrollered by twenty-first century software practices. The web and its …
Matt Asay, 24 Sep 2010
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BSA urges London companies to check for pirate software

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has written to more than 1,000 companies in London, asking them to complete a software audit as part of a two-month campaign against software piracy. London is responsible for more reports of software piracy than any other place in the UK, with one in five pieces of software in the capital …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Jun 2009

Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Ditching dodgy software can rescue not just the UK from its financial worries, but the entire world, or so says the latest study from the Business Software Alliance. The BSA, comprising vendors including Microsoft, CA, Adobe, Apple and others, commissioned biz school INSEAD (once known as the Institut Européen d'Administration …
Paul Kunert, 23 May 2013
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Welcome your new digital.. commissioners? Likely pair could fill Steelie Neelie's shoes

It’s going to take two men to do one woman’s job at the new European Commission. The new line-up was announced on Wednesday following weeks of speculation and horse-trading of the sort that usually accompanies football transfers. President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has decided to create two Digital roles to replace the current …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Sep 2014

ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

Almost half of the world's enterprise IT managers openly admit to using pirated software at work – at least a survey from a software industry association says so. A report (PDF) from The Software Alliance claims that during 2013, 43 per cent of all software in the world was installed without a licence, up from 42 per cent in the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jun 2014

'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

More than one in ten of Blighty's small biz owners admit to being shameless software pirates, the Business Software Alliance reckons. The industry organ arrived at this stat by extrapolating research from Vanson Bourne covering just 250 SMEs, finding that 12 per cent admitted to side-stepping licensing rules. It found that 18 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

Anyone in the West Country yearning to dob in a work colleague for illegally downloading software should take heart that a Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) roadshow is coming to a town near you. An anti-piracy whistleblower campaign is kicking off in cider country next month, starting at an event in Bristol where FAST, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Boy Scouts get Game Design badge

The Boy Scouts of America have created a merit badge in Game Design. Unveiled at tech-and-culture-fest SXSW, the badge's premise appears to be that playing a game can be just as challenging as traditional scouting activities like camping and hiking. Playing games of all sorts, the Scouts say, “... challenges us to overcome long …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2013
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BSA: Turn in workmates, make fat dollar a few quid

The Business Software Alliance is waving wads of cash in the faces of individuals willing to snitch on bosses and colleagues who use pirated software. The trade group that represents the interest of multinational software firms such as Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec, coughed up a fairly conservative $136,100 last year in the US …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jan 2009
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BSA sinks teeth into US dentists and door makers

Two US firms have agreed to hand over significant piles of cash to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to settle claims they had run unlicensed software on their computers. Denver-based TruStile Doors will settle BSA claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Symantec software on its PCs by shelling out a hefty $92, …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2008
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BSA flashes gums at 'online software scams'

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) claimed late last week to have issued nearly 50,000 takedown notices about BitTorrent files in the first half of this year. The group, in its latest effort to crack down on what it describes as “online software scams”, claimed (pdf) that BSA members lost an estimated $525m in sales as a …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008
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BSA hijacks Somali pirate hype

As the world's media continues to follow the scourge of piracy off the coast of Somalia, perhaps it's time to take another look at the label of "pirate" for copyright thieves. It's an oddly accepted title on both sides in the debate on illegal software and content. Sure, some have adopted the name in pseudo-jest while others …
Austin Modine, 14 Apr 2009
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BSA fires off writs against online resellers

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has begun an international clampdown against people selling illegitimate software online. Firms offering allegedly pirated software to unsuspecting punters in the US, UK, Austria, and Germany have been sued as part of the BSA's wider fight against software piracy. The defendant in the US …
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2007
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UK's '£1.2bn software pirates' mostly 'blokes under 34'

The BSA is again bemoaning the lack of deterrents for software piracy after the commercial worth of unlicensed programs in the UK for 2011 remained at £1.2bn, unchanged on the previous year. This equates to a piracy rate of 26 per cent as more than one in four applications installed on users' machines was illegal, the software …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2012
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BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

The Business Software Alliance claimed yesterday that software piracy in the US is costing the industry $11.4bn and local government $1.7bn in lost taxes. The software multinational lobbying group reckoned that although four out of five pieces of software is legally bought in the US the remaining counterfeit material results in …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008

China claims piracy at new low

The rate of software piracy in China dropped to just 38 per cent in 2011, according to new government-backed figures that are markedly different to those from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which recently branded the country the world's worst offender. State-run newspaper China Daily proudly reported the figures, which …
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2012
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BSA wants 'private copy levies' scrapped

The BSA is calling on European governments to scrap so-called private copy levies on digital hardware and media, branding them outmoded and unfair to the consumer in a world with digital rights management (DRM) software. Francisco Mingorance, director of public policy, Europe for the BSA argues that private copy levies mean …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Oct 2005
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BSA dubs Manchester second worst for piracy

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has claimed that Manchester is the second worst city in England for software piracy. It said thousands of firms in the city will be targeted in the group’s latest campaign to clamp down on counterfeit software in Blighty, which it claims costs the economy nearly £1bn a year. The anti-piracy …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2008

Big Content split on China's IP crackdown

The movie and software lobbyists don’t seem to be able to agree on whether to drop China’s biggest e-commerce marketplace site Taobao from the US government's list of "Notorious Markets" in which pirates and counterfeiters operate with impunity. Taobao, often referred to as the eBay of China, allows individuals and small …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Sep 2012
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BSA urges government to fight software pirates

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of PC software used in the UK is illegal, according to a survey by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). The latest edition of the industry organisation's Global Piracy Study shows the rate of illegal software in Britain is unchanged from 2004. Continued "disrespect" by UK businesses towards …
John Leyden, 23 May 2006
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UK.biz fined £1.8m for illegal software - BSA

UK companies paid out £1.8m ($3.34m) in fines over the last five years in settlements for illegal software use, the Business Software Alliance reports. As well as paying fines, firms caught using unlicensed software were obliged to cough up an undisclosed amount to put their software assets in order. The BSA routinely blames …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2005
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BSA slams EC's 'narrow-minded' interoperability vision

An open standards row is brewing between the EC and a lobbying group for software multinationals over a proposed European framework on interoperability – a draft of which is due to be published on 15 July. The Interoperable Delivery of European e-government Services to Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens (IDABC) arm …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2008
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Every Friday is rat-out-your-boss-for-software-piracy Friday

For The Cure, Friday was a day of love, for most of us it is the gateway to the weekend - but for pirate-haters it is the best time to shop employers using unlicensed software at work. This is the latest statistic from the Ministry of Silly Numbers, aka the Federation Against Software Theft, whose latest research states 34 per …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2013
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BSA piracy audit deadline looms for business

Some 43,000 companies have until tomorrow complete a Software Audit Return (SAR) form that is designed to reveal if companies are running software without the necessary licences. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) scheme isn't mandatory but is designed to raise awareness of the importance of good software asset management. …
Tim Richardson, 13 Feb 2003
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Reg readers name BSA antipiracy weasel

Well, the votes have been counted in our poll to name the BSA's anti-piracy weasel - or rather its fluffy ferret mascot designed to warn children of the perils of IP violation. Over 8,000 of you put mouse to button, and the percentage of votes cast for each of the ten options was: Warez the Weasel - 27 FUD the Ferret - 20 …
Team Register, 24 Aug 2004
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BSA raises grass ceiling to £20K

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has doubled the bounty it will pay to people who shop their employers for using illegally pirated software, taking the upper limit to £20,000 until the end of the year. Historically, the organisation has paid 10 per cent of the value of recovered software to the person who tipped them off, …
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Nov 2004
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BSA in Euro piracy crack-down

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is tocrack-down on even more businesses using illegal software. The BSA's decision to get tough with a "hard core of businesses" which think they are "beyond the law" follows hard on the heels of a report into the alleged global rise of software piracy. In particular, the BSA wants to …
Tim Richardson, 18 Jun 2002
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Last day of BSA unlicensed software truce

Today is the last chance for businesses in five US cities caught with pirated software to escape prosecution. The Business Software Alliance's month-long software piracy truce, affecting Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas and Denver, runs out in a few hours. Through the scheme, which is the third software truce put into …
Linda Harrison, 28 Feb 2001
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BSA ‘software detox’ scheme targets illegal software

Piracy watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA) today asked British businesses to go into "software detox". The organisation has sent out Software Audit Return forms to businesses nationwide to help them uncover illegal copies of software running on their IT systems. The programme is designed to raise awareness of the …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2004
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Fine unlicensed software users, says BSA

Software industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called for government to mandate stiff penalties for companies using unlicensed software. The organisation says it wants a "harder enforcement stick" to ensure compliance. The group, which represents many major software publishers, says the current legal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2006
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Vote now to name BSA's antipiracy weasel

The BSA's überplan to use innocent schoolkiddies to name its antipiracy ferret mascot met with scorn and derision from Reg readers, who demanded a poll to select a suitable moniker. Below, then, are ten options as offered by you - our beloved readers - and lovingly hand-picked by Vulture Central science guru Lucy Sherriff. …
Team Register, 17 Aug 2004
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BSA makes a spectacle of Bausch and Lomb

Another day, another "illegal software" settlement, another company humiliated by Business Software Alliance press release. In the spotlight today is the Scottish offices of Bausch and Lomb, the posh purveyor of eyeglasses. The company had not bought enough licences to cover the software it was using, the BSA says. Worse, "the …
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2002
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Name that antipiracy weasel, BSA asks kids

US schoolchildren, already enrolled into classes on the evils of copyright violation next term, are to be invited to name the Business Software Alliance's new mascot. The BSA explains: "Elementary school students heading back to school in September will be invited to name the 'Play It Safe in Cyber Space' mascot, a 'copyright- …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2004
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BSA slams blasé management of flexible working

Flexible working in the UK is growing but the rollout of technology to enable home working is frequently mismanaged. This leaves firms more exposed to security and operational risks, according to a Business Software Alliance (BSA) sponsored study A poll of 500 UK business managers by NOP on behalf of the BSA found that firms …
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2005
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BSA in open (standards) revolt

The BSA has called on the European Commission to relax its requirement for open standards in its projects to make government services available to citizens online. In an open letter to the Commission, Benoit Müller, the Business Software Alliance's European policy director, said that the EC's insistence on open standards would …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Feb 2005
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Your staff will grass you up, warns BSA

Sixty-four per cent of UK employees would blow the whistle on their employers if internal reports of illegal or inappropriate activities were ignored, according to figures released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Twenty-seven percent of the 2004 adults surveyed by YouGov claimed they would report cases of illegal …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Mar 2006
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BSA declares UK piracy truce

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering the pipe of peace to British businesses which may be using illegally installed software. The industry lobby group is offering a 30-day truce, kicking off on 6 March. At the same time it is offering a the BSA GASP auditing tool at bsatruce.com, as well as free Web-based advice. ( …
Drew Cullen, 21 Feb 2000
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BSA offers piracy truce in five US cities

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is launching a piracy truce for small and medium businesses in five American cities. The companies are to be encouraged to turn themselves in if they suspect they are harbouring unlicensed or counterfeit software. They will not be prosecuted for any dodgy software in operation before …
Linda Harrison, 30 Jan 2001
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El Reg pledges to name BSA antipiracy weasel

The Business Software Alliance's plans to name their weasel mascot by holding a competition for school children has obviously moved you, our beloved readers. Such a quantity of emails flooded into Vulture Central that we felt it our duty to respond with immediate action. Accordingly, we have decided that we will hold a little …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004
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Law firm urges caution over BSA piracy forms

A major corporate law firm is advising UK companies which receive a software audit form from the Business Software Alliance to "Proceed with Care!" when deciding whether to complete it. According to DLA, anyone who returns the form in good faith "could simply be providing the BSA with the evidence it needs to take action …
James Watson, 26 Nov 2001
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BSA stomps Warez.at

The Business Software Alliance shut down 118 UK warez (pirate software) sites between January and September 2001. It also issued a further 584 with takedown notices. The BSA is most proud of claiming the scalp of www.warez.at, "a major illegal software site, which crossed at least nine international boundaries". The system …
Robert Blincoe, 18 Oct 2001
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Software pirates cost $9.7bn in Europe - BSA

The software piracy rate in the UK hit 29 per cent last year, with the rate of bootlegging in Europe also on the rise. Piracy in the EU region is running at 37 per cent, according to the Business Software Alliance's Global Piracy Study 2003, out today. This equates to a cost to software publishers of more than $9.7bn in Europe …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2004
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BSA informant gets £1000s for piracy tip-off

An industry snitch has received a tip-off fee running into thousands of pounds after informing on Baines & Ernst Financial Management for using unlicensed software. In an out of court settlement, Baines & Ernst agreed to pay the Business Software Alliance "a substantial five-figure sum" for using more than 400 copies of …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2002