Reduntantees revenge – companies grassed up for unlicensed software

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software-pirate.gifSacked workers are getting their revenge and chance of a very good payout by reporting their former employers for running unlicensed software.

According the to Business Software Association, they are currently receiving 100 leads each week to follow up on companies who haven’t properly paid for and acquired the programs on which they run. My first thought was that it was just a straight two fingers up by those made redundant but apparently it’s the financial incentive scheme as introduced by the BSA in 2006 that’s proving the real draw.

In the States you can get anywhere up to $200,000 for a successful snitch. I should imagine you’d probably have to grass up a really big company for those kind of bucks. I’d imagine Microsoft and Apple would be a dead loss but, then, you never know. Perhaps they haven’t paid themselves…or each other.

(via Computer Weekly)

Daniel Sung

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