Without a specific and well communicated policy, accompanied by periodic software audits, you are at risk. The time to address piracy is now.
Is your company legal?Most companies are not, The Business Software Alliance estimates that 95% of all businesses have some illegal software on their computers. Worldwide piracy is an II billion dollar a year problem. Is your company at risk? Most companies are. The software industry has become very aggressive in its efforts to curb privacy. Every month piracy hotlines and web sites collect 10,000 anonymous tips of illegal software use. Every lead is followed to determine which should be pursued further by the industry's attorneys. Are the consequences costly? Very. Last year over 50 million dollars in fines were assessed in the US alone. Settlements fo $500,000 are common. Civil and criminal charges resulting in jail time can accompany fines. There is also the cost of business disruption, the effects of negative publicity, and the cost of becoming compliant. The issue of unauthorized software si a legal time bomb facing almost evey computerized business today. The laws are clear, the enforcement is aggressive and the consequences of violation can be huge. Without a specific and well communicated policy, accompanied by periodic software audits, you are at risk. The time to address piracy is now. It's Time to Stop: Software & Internet Piracy clearly covers what the law does and does not allow in the area of software and internet copyrighted material. The consequences of copyright infringement-piracy-are also explained. Every company has a software policy, whether stated or not. If unauthorized duplication of software or internet materials is an issue at your company, It's Time to Stopbefore it's too late.