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Computer Services Firm Agrees to Pay $500,000 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use

WASHINGTON – February 6, 2012 –

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world’s commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with PCS-CTS of Houston, TX. PCS-CTS agreed to pay $500,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Filemaker, Microsoft, and Symantec software installed on its computers. As set forth in 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. The agreement does not however constitute an admission of liability on behalf of PCS-CTS. BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use by a confidential report made on its web site www.nopiracy.org. The settlement announced with PCS-CTS is the largest BSA settlement in Texas to date.

PCS-CTS is a global company that provides end-to-end international supply chain, specifically in managing international vendors, inventory management, Third-Party-Logistics and Vendor Managed Inventory for top computer technology companies.
The company currently does business as PCS Acquisition, Inc., a Delaware corporation; Peripheral Computer Support, Inc., a California corporation; Computer Technology Solutions, LP, a Delaware limited partnership; and PCS Peripherals Pte., Ltd., a Singapore private limited company.

“Texas has consistently ranked within the top three states for software piracy reports to BSA since 2008,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s vice president of anti-piracy and general counsel. “Companies are exposing their IT systems to malware and other serious security risks associated with pirated software when installing one piece of software onto multiple computers without acquiring an additional license.

In the U.S. alone, the world’s largest software market, one in every five copies of software is pirated, which represents a commercial value of nearly $9.5 billion in 2010 to the US industry. Though the US currently boasts the lowest measured piracy rate in the world at 20%, the sheer size of the market ensures staggering losses to the economy despite the lower levels of piracy.

 

DATA

2012 AEA CHARTS
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


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