IT directors can look forward to another round of naming and shaming following the 14 February deadline for companies to complete the latest Business Software Alliance software audit.
The BSA wrote to 43,000 UK companies asking them to complete the software audit on paper or online. "We extended it to pretty much every organisation in the UK with more than 25 PCs," said Mark Floisand, chairman of BSA UK.
Floisand said there had been a "significant uptake" in online applications but it was too early to know the total number of responses.
Some businesses have criticised the BSA for using heavy-handed tactics. It warned company directors that they face up to 10 years in prison and unlimited fines if firms are found to be using illegal software, and it pursues companies that fail to submit audits.
The BSA has also adopted a controversial "name and shame" approach for companies it finds using unlicensed software and offers cash incentives for employees to snitch on their employers.
Floisand defended the BSA's approach. "Our goal is to help companies proactively solve their licensing problems rather than persecute and harangue them," he said. "It is more a case of alerting and educating businesses to the risks they face."
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