Staff who have lost their jobs are reporting their former bosses for using unlicensed software, figures released from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) show.
That at least is the suspicion of the BSA, which is reporting about 100 leads a week coming from the public, in addition to those caught in raids.
The number of leads rose 8% in January and February, compared to the same period last year.
"With the financial crisis in full swing, ex-employees recently made redundant might be attracted by the financial incentive to report their former employers for using illegal software practices," said Julian Swan, director forcompliance marketing EMEA at the BSA.
The BSA findings follow last week's whistleblower campaign by the Federation Against Software Theft, which has called on people concerned that the companies they work for are using illegal products to tip off those protecting intellectual property.
A version of this story originally appeared on Microsope.