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Software Piracy – 11 Tips to Avoid being an Accidental Pirate

Most businesses don’t intend to use illegal software, or break the terms of their license agreements, but through a combination of bad planning, inadequate IT policies or simply a lack of awareness, many end up doing so. Software piracy takes many forms, from unlicensed software use where a business buys a single copy of the software and installs it on multiple computers, to downloading and using unauthorised copies of software from the internet. But whatever guise it takes, software piracy carries multiple business risks. You may have to pay settlement and legal fees if you are caught out – an unplanned cost that most businesses can ill-afford. The damage to your company reputation if you are exposed could also be substantial. But what you may not realise is that you could be exposing you... »

Businesses Pay £6.5 Million Software Piracy Bill

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has today announced that legal action against companies using unlicensed software has cost businesses in EMEA £6.5 million in the first six months of 2010. More than £2.5 million was paid out in settlement fees and a further £4 million was used to purchase business-critical software to ensure companies were legally compliant. In the UK alone, the total cost to businesses reached more than £2 million. “The BSA conducted more than 1,000 legal actions in the first half of this year in EMEA,” said Sarah Coombes, Senior Director, Legal Affairs EMEA, for the Business Software Alliance. “One company’s use of unlicensed software was so extensive that a settlement of nearly £200,000 was agreed. In the current economic climate, businesses should not run the risk ... »

Supply Chain Toolkit Pdf

Free guide offers advice on supply chain security

Small firms can access advice on how to detect unlicensed and illegal products within their supply chain, following the publication of a free guide from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The ‘Supply Chain Toolkit’ guide tells firms how to ensure the goods they receive are not counterfeit. Tips given to business owners include telling suppliers what they expect from their goods, how to keep packaging safe from tampering, and carrying out mystery shopping on distributors to ensure their products are priced, packaged and labelled correctly. The guide also includes a list of useful contacts and a list of the main offences related to IP crime. According to the IPO, one problem area is that businesses can be tempted to use unlicensed software in the economic downturn, but this ... »