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March 10, 2005

5 NY Businesses Pay $400k to Settle Software Piracy Claims

According to this article from the Crain's New York Business Web site,  5 NY companies have paid a total of $400,000 to settle claims by the Business Software Alliance that they were using unlicensed commercial software.  Interestingly, the BSA reports that "it was alerted to the piracy problems through calls to BSA's hotline and/or through online reporting forms."  In other words, whistleblowers, whether current or (possibly disgruntled) former employees, most likely.  While all users should be certain they are only using licensed software, it's also important to realize that sometimes, license violations get reported and can be costly and embarrassing.

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