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New York-Based Data Collection Company Agrees to Pay Over $62,000

New York-Based Data Collection Company Settles With BSA For Unlicensed Software Use, Agrees to Pay Over $62,000

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, today announced that Mueller Services, Inc., of Tonawanda, NY paid $62,270 to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe and Microsoft software installed on its computers. As part of the settlement agreement, Mueller agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software on its computers, purchase any licenses necessary to become compliant, and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices.

Mueller Services has provided independent data collection and verification for over 25 years.

BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use by a confidential report made on the organization's Web site Each year, BSA receives more than 2,500 reports of software piracy. The majority of BSA's reports come from current or former employees who had information related to the unlicensed software activity.

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 2009, the BSA has paid a total of $84,550 in rewards to 21 individuals for qualified tips about software piracy. Despite the rewards program, many opt not to take the reward, citing their motivation as simply "to do the right thing."

First published August 31, 2009

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