Internet Compliance & Enforcement

Internet Software Compliance: A Multifaceted Challenge

Online software theft is an evolving and multifaceted challenge – one that impacts the companies that develop and manufacture software, exposes users to a host of unacceptable risks, and ultimately threatens intellectual property, in a way that fundamentally undermines the global economy.

The fight against intellectual property theft is a dynamic one driven by the rapid expansion of Internet access around the world. As Internet access continues to grow, both the opportunities and challenges associated with its use will as well, including the rise of Internet-based software theft. For over two decades, the BSA has led the technology industry in protecting intellectual property rights and combating unlicensed software across the globe. BSA’s global Internet Enforcement Program works to identify and remove unlicensed software products online. The program’s approach and targets are constantly changing to reflect the continually evolving online environment, adapting, for example, to the increasing role of cloud computing.

BSA’s team of industry experts uses an online auction tracking system and other proprietary technologies to monitor, investigate and seek enforcement against the distribution of stolen software. This illegal software can be found on the Internet via auction sites, peer-to-peer (P2P) sites, BitTorrent index sites, one-click file hosting sites and other Internet channels, including social networking, business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to business (B2B) sites. In addition, BSA collaborates with law enforcement at all levels, and in numerous markets around the world, to drive convictions of illegal Internet software users.

6 Tips for Ensuring Software Compliance in the Workplace

Education goes a long way in reducing unlicensed software in the workplace.  Having policies and procedures in place, commonly called Software Asset Management (SAM), can dramatically reduce the risks associated with unlicensed software (fines, malware and increased support costs) and increase benefits (ability to update, more standardization and lower IT support costs). 

How can you prevent unlicensed software from appearing in your workplace? Take these steps.

  1. 1. Read the BSA Guide to Software Management.

  2. 2. Establish office policies for purchasing software and respecting intellectual property rights.

  3. 3. Explain to employees the importance of protecting computers from unlicensed software.

  4. 4. Conduct a software audit.  Compare the number of software installations to the number of licenses.

  5. 5. Delete any unlicensed software and secure licensed copies as necessary.

  6. 6. Schedule regular software audits to ensure ongoing compliance.

For more information about BSA’s suite of SAM solutions geared for enterprises, SMBs and IT professionals, visit