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Florida-Based Insurance Company Settles With BSA for Unlicensed Software Installations, Agrees to Pay $70,000
U.S. Newswire | September 2, 2009
WASHINGTON – (PRNewswire) The Business Software Alliance (BSA) announced that Bankers Warranty Group Inc. paid $70,000 to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Microsoft and Symantec software installed on its computers. Bankers Warranty Group Inc. agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software, purchase any necessary licenses, and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices. BSA and its members were represented by the law firm of Donahue Gallagher Woods, LLP of the San Francisco Bay Area.
BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software installations by a confidential report made on BSA's website www.nopiracy.com. Through BSA's "Know it, Report it, Reward it" program, individuals who provide qualified reports of software piracy are eligible to receive up to $1 million in cash rewards. In 2008, the BSA paid a total of $136,100 in rewards to 42 individuals for qualified tips about software piracy.
"During these challenging economic times in Florida, companies shouldn't add burdens to the local economy, nor should they risk exposing their businesses to the dangers inherent in using unlicensed software," said Jenny Blank, Senior Director of Legal Affairs for BSA. "Once technical issues begin to appear as a result of pirated software, support costs to fix the situation can be extremely high."
A spokesperson for the company said "Bankers Warranty Group Inc. is committed to strong software asset management practices, and we appreciate the opportunity to identify and correct any license-compliance irregularities. Businesses should conduct thorough software licensing reviews as part of their due diligence prior to finalizing any purchase of computer assets from other parties."
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