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Anti- Piracy Outfit Using Unlicensed Software

Written by Samuel O'Toole on 07 November 2016

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The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is a trade group that represents Adobe, Apple and Microsoft and is well known for its anti-piracy tactics and campaigns.

Cash rewards are offered to encourage people to notify BSA of businesses that use unlicensed software, a recent BSA advert that was run on Facebook offers a reward of up to $20,000 for reports of unlicensed software use.

However, in a twist of copyright infringement it would appear that the game keepers have become the poachers. The page in which people can report unlicensed software use is using “unlicensed” software code.

Many websites use the software and code in question and many websites adhere to the licensing requirements.  In every copy of the code it is stated that “The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.”

BSA has not included this licensing requirement in their files for the website, therefore, not adhering to the licensing requirements. 

Previously, BSA has used a photograph in one of their “anti- piracy” campaigns to which they didn’t have the right to use.

Lawdit is wondering if it is possible to report BSA to the BSA for using unlicensed software.

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