The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has wrapped up its campaign to target companies in Manchester with initial signs of an impact on the unlicensed software problem.
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Although it will take the BSA around three months to filter through the impact of its actions the traffic to the microsite set up for local businesses has been busy and there have been a number of local politicians and business leaders that have also engaged with the issue.
“We are already seeing more interest from people going to the site to find out information about software asset management,” said Julie Strawson, chairwoman of the BSA's UK committee.
The Manchester month long campaign followed on from a similar approach taken in Glasgow last year that led to some companies being found to have used unlicensed software.
Strawson said that it was working with Trading Standards, which now had the power to search premises to protect intellectual property without the need for a warrant.
Similar moves are also being taken by the Federation Against Software Theft, which is working with Trading Standards currently on a pilot scheme in Cardiff.