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Leading NYC Consulting Firm Settles for $385,000 for Using Unlicensed Software

Washington – September 8, 2011 –

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world’s commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with Citrin Cooperman of New York, NY. Citrin Cooperman paid $385,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Corel, Microsoft, 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 confidential reports made on its web site www.nopiracy.org.

Citrin Cooperman is an accounting, tax and consulting firm that assists entrepreneurs to examine their businesses’ financial structure and provide new perspectives on business strategies.  Currently they have offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and the Cayman Islands.

"Our firm has grown significantly in the last decade. We have always felt we were fully in compliance and had no idea there was any unlicensed software on our computers.  When BSA asked us to check, we launched an investigation. Upon learning there was unlicensed software, we immediately contacted BSA and corrected it. We are happy to say that in addition to ensuring all of our software products are fully and properly licensed, BSA has helped us safeguard our IT systems from serious risks such as malware and viruses that pirated software often brings," said Joel Cooperman, Managing Partner of Citrin  Cooperman.

According to analysis conducted by the Business Software Alliance, nearly half of all suspected cases of corporate software piracy in America last year originated in six states. New York, California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Michigan together produced 49.3% of the reports BSA received in 2010 from sources alleging that companies were using unlicensed software.

“Businesses that employ unlicensed or pirated software put their companies at risk and jeopardize the efficient and effective operations of their IT systems,” said BSA’s Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel Jodie Kelley. “Proper software asset management helps to maximize a company’s IT investment and ensure the highest level of software security. Unfortunately, the use of unlicensed software is a significant issue that impacts the technology industry and ultimately jeopardizes the spirit of innovation and creativity that is so critical to success.”


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 leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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