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End of Software Truce

125 companies face piracy investigation

The Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA) today announced that its 60 day Software Truce has come to an end. More than 1,150 businesses registered under the Truce and a large number have already completed checks and filed software compliance statements. However, 125 companies now face investigation for alleged software piracy after failing to register and take advantage of the Truce. The companies risk court action and unlimited damages.
BSAA Chairman, Jim Macnamara, said We acknowledge the 1,151 companies who took the opportunity to get their house in order and introduce good software asset management. These companies can now have piece of mind knowing they are operating legally.
The 125 companies who face investigation were reported for alleged software piracy during the Truce. They include 94 end users of software and 31 computer retailers or suppliers. None of the 125 had registered to clean up during the two-months period of immunity offered by the BSAA.
We will therefore be investigating these companies and will take legal action where evidence of illegal software is found, said Mr Macnamara.
Mr Macnamara called on businesses that had registered but not yet completed checks to immediately do so and file Software Compliance Statements with the BSAA to retain immunity.
Businesses cannot simply register and then do nothing. They have to file a statement saying they have checked their software and found nothing, or cleaned up, he said.
During the 60-day Software Truce, the BSAA handled over 8,000 telephone calls and emails to its hotline.
As well as the businesses which registered and cleaned up illegal software under the Truce, we also believe there are thousands of other businesses that have quietly cleaned up illegal software without registering, Mr Macnamara said.
The BSAA issued 120,000 direct mail letters to businesses as part of its campaign. We are pleased to see that so many companies responded positively to the opportunity the Truce gave them to get compliant without fear of prosecution, , Mr Macnamara said.
"The number of software retailers who reported a spike in sales during the BSAAs Software Truce and the high number of calls and registrations indicates software is being illegally used in many companies and that companies need to continue to be vigilant and track or audit the use of software within their company," Mr Macnamara said.
He also warned that the BSAA would now be resuming its campaign of legal action against users of unlicensed software and he said several legal actions were expected in the very near future.
More information
Toll-free hotline for public inquiries (anonymously if preferred): 1800 021 143 or BSAA Web site: www.bsaa.com.au
The Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA) is affiliated with the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which operates globally in 65 countries.

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the voice of the world's software and Internet industry before governments and with consumers in the international marketplace. Its members represent the fastest growing industry in the world. BSA educates computer users on software copyrights; advocates public policy that fosters innovation and expands trade opportunities; and fights software piracy. BSA members include AccTrak21, Adobe, Apple Computer, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Borland, CNC Software/Mastercam, Compaq, Dell, Entrust, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Macromedia, Microsoft, Network Associates, Novell, Sybase, Symantec, and UGS.