1Stop Online Piracy Act
2PROTECT IP Act
3The Whistleblower Process
4The Business Software Alliance’s Bounty Program
A recent software piracy report found that two thirds of U.K. workers turn a blind eye to their employers use of pirated software. While whistleblowing is not an effective method of uncovering software piracy use, employees should still encourage their bosses to move towards legitimate copies of software.
6Misguided Employee Loyalty
Companies that operate in China and other locales where software piracy laws are not strongly enforced steal an estimated $1.6 billion from their in-market competitors, Microsoft found in a recent report.Governments need to strengthen their anti-software piracy laws so that all companies that operate within their borders are on the same even playing field.
8Vendors Ignoring the Problem
All the software vendors who stick their head in the sand and ignore their own software piracy issues are losing revenue that they cannot even quantify. They are creating an unlevel playing field for their customers and giving the appearance that the use of pirated software is a commonplace and therefore acceptable practice that even some software vendors apparently dont care about.
9Piracy Still Considered Not a Big Deal
The other side of the token for misguided employees is the organization that doesn’t clearly articulate an anti-piracy policy. If the employers aren’t keeping track of their licenses and the software being used, employees won’t think it’s a big deal when someone uses pirated software.