The Business Software Alliance (BSA ) has doubled the reward to those staff that are prepared to blow the whistle on their employers using unlicensed software.
According to research that it has undertaken to support a campaign in the capital it is running London-based staff are quite likely to report their bosses for unlicensed software, particularly if they could get extra cash.
The BSA has reacted by increasing the potential reward for whistle blowing from £10,000 to £20,000 until the end of the year.
“Many cash-strapped employees are willing to supplement their earnings in the run up to Christmas by reporting illegal business practices,” said Alyna Cope, spokesperson for the BSA UK Committee.
The BSA is using an advertising and telemarketing campaign to stir up whistle blowers in the capital in the next few weeks.
“We are already investigating several companies in London for using unlicensed software, and they face the prospect of legal proceedings," Cope added.
"Businesses should think carefully about their software use and avoid wasting money on legal action, financial settlements and the unplanned purchase of legitimate software,” she warned.