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Leading Environmental Testing Firm Pays $100,000 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use

Washington – October 12, 2011 –

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the leading advocate of the world’s commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. of Asheville, NC.  TestAmerica paid $100,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, 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

As the leading environmental testing firm in the U.S., TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services nationwide.

“TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. has spent the last decade focused on becoming the largest outsourced environmental testing company in the United States serving 12,000 clients in over 70 locations nationwide.  During that time we did not dedicate the same attention to our records around back-office software licenses as we did to our customer-facing commitments,” said Ben Erwin, Chief Financial Officer for TestAmerica.  “The recent audit performed will assist in implementing processes to ensure these software licensing issues do not resurface.”

“It is important businesses understand the risks associated with using unauthorized software on any computer,” said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s vice president of anti-piracy and general counsel. “Not only do organizations face possible legal trouble for employing pirated software, there are also tremendous security and economic consequences involved.” 


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
Hotline for Reporting Piracy to BSA 1-888-NO-PIRACY
Click to Chat Available on
BSA website
Free Self-Audit tools provided by BSA
Facebook (keyword) Business Software Alliance (BSA) Anti-Piracy
ISO-Aligned Software Asset Management Resource
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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The Business Software Alliance ( 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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