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Should BSA anti-piracy study walk the plank?
By Mark Cox, eChannelLine
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been a long time stalwart in the fight against software piracy, and in their 2010 BSA-IDC "Piracy Impact Study: The Economic Benefits of Reducing Software Piracy," they maintained a 10% reduction in software piracy over a four-year period in the 42 countries studied would produce $142 billion in new economic activity, generate $32 billion in new tax revenues, and add 500,000 new high-tech jobs. Yet recently Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner of Scott & Scott, LLP, said that the study was misleading and inaccurate, and provides a skewed basis understanding piracy and its impact.

Program Pirates: Steering Clear of Software Audits
By Christopher Danzig
Imagine you head a small company, with just a few dozen employees and computers. One day you receive a letter from a software industry trade group, such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) or the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), informing you that it knows your company has unlicensed - or illegal - software within the network. They tell you to audit your whole system for improperly licensed software and hand over detailed results.

Surviving Software Audits
By Robert J. Scott
Organizations of all sizes face increasing threats of legal action by software publishers and their trade associations. Most matters commence with a request for a software audit.

Managing Software License Disputes: Cooperation or Litigation
By Robert J. Scott and Julie Machal-Fulks
When company executives are approached by software publishers who claim that the companies are violating the terms of their software licenses, they often wonder whether they should cooperate or dig in and prepare for litigation.

Law.com
Beware of the License Police
Shrinking IT budgets, fierce competition and a mature software market have increased the motivation for software publishers (such as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Oracle) to conduct software licensing audits to investigate their customers and determine if they have purchased enough licenses.
- Robert J. Scott

The SciTech Lawyer
Successfully Defending Software Audits
Shrinking IT budgets and fierce competition among software publishers have created explosive growth in the incidence and frequency of software audits.
- Robert J. Scott

Yahoo! Finance
Software Police Increase Enforcement: Efforts How to Protect Your Company
On the corporate high seas, piracy is everywhere. Companies are filled with computers but not enough software. When you cut costs and install programs on more than one workstation, you’re walking a thin plank.
- Robert J. Scott

IT Compliance News
Software Licensing: A Legal, Not Technology Issue
Why your company needs help from a law firm when the BSA comes calling.
- Robert J. Scott

IT Compliance News
Keep Accurate Invoices to Prove Ownership of Software Licenses
Many people mistakenly believe that a license agreement, manual and a copy of software media are sufficient to prove ownership of a software product.
- Robert J. Scott