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Software Piracy Settlement Totals $425,000 for Two Local Indiana Companies

Washington — April 20, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the leading advocate of the world’s commercial software industry, today announced two separate settlements with BRC Rubber & Plastics, Inc. of Churubusco, IN and Seven Corners, Inc. of Camel, IN. BRC Rubber & Plastics paid $100,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Autodesk, Corel, Microsoft and Symantec software installed on its computers. Seven Corners paid $325,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unauthorized copies of Adobe, Corel, Microsoft, Quest and Symantec software installed on its computers. As part of the settlement agreement, both companies agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from their computers, acquire any licenses necessary to become compliant and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices. BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use by confidential reports made on its web site www.nopiracy.org.

BRC Rubber and Plastics designs, develops and manufactures molded components both in thermoset and thermoplastic materials. Seven Corners is an experienced international travel health insurance, trip insurance, and specialty benefit management company, providing protection and professional assistance services to hundreds of thousands of international travelers.

“All organizations need to work to maintain sound procedures that ensure they are using safe and legal software to operate their business,” said Jenny Blank, Senior Director of Legal Affairs for BSA. “Software piracy affects more than just the software industry. For every $1 of PC software sold, there is another $3 to $4 of revenues lost to local IT support and distribution services due to the use of unlicensed software. Using legal software is therefore key to reducing piracy, strengthening local IT businesses, and creating jobs during these challenging economic times.”


Data

2010 US Piracy Rate* 20%
2010 U.S. Commercial Value of Pirated Software $9.5 Billion
Benefits of reducing piracy by 10 %age points over 4 years** 32,000 new jobs; $41 billion in economic growth; $7 billion in tax revenue
2010 Global Piracy Rate 42%
2010 Global Commercial Value of Pirated Software $58.7 Billion
* Eighth-Annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study
** Economic Benefits of Reducing PC Software Piracy Study
Rewards Paid by BSA Since 2008 $453,455
Avg. Annual End-User Piracy Reports to BSA (since 2008) 1,955
Website for Reporting Piracy to BSA www.nopiracy.org
Hotline for Reporting Piracy to BSA 1-888-NO-PIRACY
Click to Chat Available on www.nopiracy.org
BSA website www.bsa.org
Free Self-Audit tools provided by BSA www.bsa.com
Facebook (keyword) Business Software Alliance (BSA) Anti-Piracy
ISO-Aligned Software Asset Management Resource www.samadvantage.org
Fines for violating copyright law $150,000 per title copied
If convicted of violating copyright law $250,000 per title copied and/or Jail (up to 5 years)
Risks of Software Piracy Financial: Thousands of dollars in fines and damages
Technical: Information security risks; viruses, trojans, malware; Identity theft; Exposure of sensitive data and personal information.
Legal: Fines, Criminal Prosecution, Risk of being caught by BSA

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, CNC/Mastercam, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.


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