Countdown to IT Legalisation; Registration Period for Software
The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a watchdog group representing the world's leading software manufacturers, is holding its first ever legalisation campaign in Northern Ireland, in an effort to combat the high use of illegal software in businesses.
From October 10 to November 8, the BSA is launching a 30-day unlicensed software Countdown period, to help organisations in Northern Ireland become legal. During this registration period, businesses are being asked to take advantage of the BSA audit tools, to ensure that their software is licensed. And within this time, the BSA will not act on any information it may have suggesting that an organisation is using unlicensed software.
Software theft is a serious crime in the UK, with one in every four business software applications being used today without a licence. This high rate of piracy cost the UK software industry pounds 346 million in 2000, resulting in lost jobs, wages, tax revenues and a potential barrier to product development.
The 30-Day Countdown is the first such programme introduced by the BSA that totally focuses on the software piracy problem in Northern Ireland. The programme is designed to educate and increase awareness amongst company directors to the dangers of using illegal software and to encourage companies to legalise.
Julian McMenamin, Chairman BSA Ireland, said: "The Countdown is a step which could save the future of many businesses. It is a chance for businesses to ensure that they are not at risk for the legal implications of software piracy.
"We understand that some of the illegal software in use is as a result of poor systems management, rather than deliberate theft. We decided to run the Countdown to draw attention to the free advice and practical assistance that are on offer from the BSA. …