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Springfield Firm Settles Claims Regarding Software Licenses

WASHINGTON – March 8, 2012 –

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the leading global advocate for the software industry, today announced a settlement with Watts Copy Systems of Springfield, IL. Watts agreed to pay $187,500 to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Adobe software installed on its computers. As part of the settlement agreement, the company agreed to delete all copies of software from its computers claimed by BSA to be unlicensed, acquire any licenses necessary to become compliant, and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices. BSA was alerted to the alleged unlicensed software use through a confidential report made on its website

By entering into the settlement, Watts did not admit any wrongdoing or liability for any of the claims made by BSA.

“All organizations need to work to maintain sound procedures that ensure they are using safe and legal software to operate their business, said Jodie Kelley, BSA’s vice president of anti-piracy and general counsel. “Software piracy affects more than just the software industry. For every $1 of PC software stolen, there is another $3 to $4 of revenues lost to local IT support and distribution services due to the use of unlicensed software. Using legal software is therefore key to reducing piracy, strengthening local IT businesses, and creating jobs during challenging economic times.”

Companies that use unlicensed software expose themselves to a slew of risks from business inefficiency to costly disruptions from vendor audits and legal liability. To help businesses eliminate these risks, BSA offers SAM Advantage, a state-of-the-art training course and certification program that teaches businesses the skills needed to effectively manage their software.


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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