Compliance & Enforcement Communications

Compliance & Enforcement Focused Communications

BSA recognizes that one of the keys to improving software license compliance is raising awareness of the significant legal, financial and operational risks faced by companies that choose to use unlicensed software. BSA’s worldwide compliance programs are designed to reach end-user organizations and the general public to educate them on the value of legal software and the importance of intellectual property protection.

The use of unlicensed software is inherently risky — it is illegal and can result in civil and criminal penalties; and it exposes consumers and businesses to security threats including malware and viruses, leading to decreased efficiencies in organizations. Unlicensed software also harms local economies as it hampers technology companies’ ability to innovate and create jobs, and in doing so diminishes government revenues from lost taxes.

Given the current rate of unlicensed software use, along with cultural and legal differences around the world, BSA utilizes field personnel and the experience of 32 communications partners to advance our message of the benefits of licensed software and risks associated with unlicensed software.

To learn more about how organizations can combat cyberattacks by avoiding unlicensed software visit BSA’s Global Software Survey: Software Management: Security Imperative, Business Opportunity

10 Reasons Why It’s Important to be a Responsible Software User

10. Copying software undermines policies against taking company property.

9. Proper software management saves time and money, makes computer users more productive and organizations more competitive.

8. Unlicensed software is one of the top sources of computer viruses. These viruses can destroy valuable data, create privacy concerns and open up networks to unauthorized third parties.

7. Unlicensed software is more likely to fail, leaving computers and their information useless.

6. Expect no warranties or support for unlicensed software; and no access to upgrades.

5. The cost of unlicensed software settlements usually far outweighs the cost incurred by a company using legitimate software.

4. In some circumstances, unlicensed software leaves an organization vulnerable to raids and seizures of evidence, including computers, disk drives, and other equipment after pirating software.

3. BSA receives over 2,000 unlicensed software tips each year – just in the US alone. 

2. Unlicensed software can lead to fines of up to $150,000 per copyright infringed and civil and criminal prosecutions.

And the number one reason to ensure that the software being used is compliant with U.S. Software Copyright Laws?

Unlicensed Software Is Theft!