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Piracy sackings down

More than 20% of companies have enforced disciplinary procedures for breaches of software policy, according to the Federation...

More than 20% of companies have enforced disciplinary procedures for breaches of software policy, according to the Federation Against Software Theft's annual survey on software piracy.

However, the number of firms taking disciplinary action in 2003 was down significantly from 32% last year, said Fast. The number of dismissals has also declined dramatically from 36% in 2002 to 18% in 2003.

Fast's report found that software compliance is gaining a higher profile within organisations, with 77% describing it as a board issue, compared to 56% last year.

Geoff Webster, chief executive of Fast, said, "It is good to see that board-level executives are increasingly taking software piracy seriously."

But Webster added that businesses are still not getting the message that it is a legal requirement to provide proof of ownership licences. Some 54% of respondents to the survey said that, if required, they would find it either hard or very hard to provide a proof of ownership licence.

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