WHO most often informs the authorities when companies use pirated software? According to police and the Business Software Alliance (BSA), it's the companies' employees.
Be it former or current employees, those familiar with their company's hardware and software are submitting five to ten anonymous tips a month about illegal usage, Adriana Tomanová, an attorney with the BSA, said, according to the Sme daily.
Tomanová recalled the case of a technician who informed on his company when its CEO ordered him to install pirated software rather than pay for legitimate copies. The technician's contract held him legally responsible for ensuring the legality of any installed software.
"He called us because he was afraid and did not know what to do," Tomanová said.
Competitors often inform on each other as well, such as internet cafes on the same street. Police also accept anonymous tips, which they pass on to the Department of Economic Crime.
When the BSA receives a tip, it sends the company a warning and offers them a chance to pay for their software. In some cases, the companies' management is completely unaware that its activities are illegal.
10. Mar 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports