FEB 28, 2016 | AUSTRALIA
WA Businesses see Highest Number of Illegal Software Cases in 2015
BSA | The Software Alliance urges businesses to undertake regular software audits as reports of cybercrime continue across Australia.
BSA 2015 cases in review:
- 15 cases settled in 2015; with over $300,000 of illegal software found being used
- Western Australia recorded as state with the highest number of settlements for 2015
- Manufacturing industries accounted for the majority of settlements, followed by construction/proprerty industries and design
Australia— 29 February, 2016 — BSA | The Software Alliance (BSA), the leading advocate for the global software industry, is urging businesses across Australia to be mindful of cybercrime risks as it recorded a busy 2015, actioning 15 cases where illegal software with an estimated value of $311,500 was found.
The pipeline of leads on businesses suspected of using unlicensed software increased by 25 percent in 2015 with West Australian employees most disgruntled when it came to reporting reporting illegal software use in business. The state accounted for almost one third of settlements with Victoria close behind.
“2015’s results are proof that Australians are still willing to take action against illegal activity, and demonstrate that unlicensed software use still remains a challenge in a wide range of industries across the country” said Roland Chan, Senior Director, Compliance Programs – Asia-Pacific.
“In 2016, BSA will continue to build awareness around the benefits businesses will see off the back of implementing a robust software asset management (SAM) policy and practice. This ultimately helps them to maximize returns from their investments in IT, as well as ensure the avoidance of unnecessary legal and security risks that come with the use of unlicensed software.”
The BSA remains committed to its role in raising awareness of the risks to businesses when using unlicensed software and the damaging effects that software piracy has on the Australian IT industry.
Each business caught using unlicensed software was required to purchase genuine software licenses for its ongoing use, in addition to paying the copyright infringement damages penalty.
For more information on the rate of unlicensed software use in Australia, BSA or Software Asset Management (SAM), visit www.bsa.org or contact:
Michael VatalidisText10002 9956 5733Michael.Vatalidis@Text100.com.au
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 60 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.