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Baton Rouge Eye Center Pays a Total of $116,000 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use

Washington – May 23, 2011 —

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world’s commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with Williamson Eye Center of Baton Rouge, LA. Williamson Eye Center paid $116,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft, Adobe, Corel and Symantec software installed on its computers. As part of the settlement agreement, the company agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from its 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 a confidential report made on its web site www.nopiracy.org.

For over 50 years, Williamson Eye Center has been providing eye care to Baton Rouge residents including routine procedures, such as glasses or contacts fittings to laser vision correction or glaucoma surgery.

“We had no idea there were unlicensed copies of software on our computers until we received a letter from BSA,” said Charles Williamson Jr., Administrator.  “We take this matter very seriously. Having BSA alert us of the unlicensed software has allowed us to put into place the proper software asset management processes that have enabled our company to better protect against any installation of unlicensed software now and in the future.  I would warn any business to be aware of the downloading practices of its employees.” 

“It is important businesses understand the risks associated with using unauthorized software on any computer,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s vice president of anti-piracy and general counsel. “Not only do organizations face possible legal trouble for employing pirated software, there are also tremendous security and economic consequences involved.” 


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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5/23/2011
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