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Money Transmitter Company Pays $130,000 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use
Jul 20, 2010 (11:07 AM EDT)


WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with Envios de Valores La Nacional Corp., a New York-based money transmitter company serving more than 50 countries from the United States.  La Nacional paid $130,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe, Microsoft and Sybase software installed on its computers.  As part of the settlement agreement, the company agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from its computers, acquire any licenses necessary to become compliant and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices.  BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use by a confidential report made on its web site www.nopiracy.com.

"La Nacional was fully committed and cooperative in working with BSA to identify and resolve any issues of unlicensed software use," said Alan Friedman, President of Envios de Valores La Nacional Corp.  "The audit performed by La Nacional was a valuable exercise that enabled our organization to develop and implement processes to safeguard against potential software piracy issues and ensure we are using properly licensed software products."

"Proper software asset management will not only help avoid potential legal troubles, but it can also lead to a safer, more secure software environment and maximize a company's IT investment," said BSA's Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel Jodie Kelley.  "As the illegal use and distribution of pirated software continues to remain a significant global issue, BSA will continue to pursue all organizations that engage in this unlawful practice and hold all those accountable for using unlicensed or stolen software."

DATA

2007 New York Piracy Rate +
Losses to New York Software Vendors
Losses to New York Distributors/Service Providers
Lost State and Local Tax Revenue (NY)

2009 US Piracy rate*
2009 U.S. Losses to Software Industry
Benefits of reducing piracy by 10 %age points over 4 years**

2009 Global Piracy Rate
2009 Worldwide Losses to Software Industry

20%
$673 million
$1.7 billion
$344 million

20%
$8.3 billion
32,000 new jobs; $41 billion in economic growth; $7 billion in tax revenue

43%
$51.4 billion


+2007 US State Piracy Study
*Seventh-Annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study
** Economic Benefits of Reducing PC Software Piracy Study

BSA Rewards Program
Rewards Paid by BSA Since 2008
Avg. Annual End-User Piracy Reports to BSA (since 2007)
Web site for Reporting Piracy to BSA
Hotline for Reporting Piracy to BSA

Know it, Report it, Reward it
$349,225
$2,419
www.nopiracy.com
1-888-NO-PIRACY



BSA Web site
Free Self-Audit tools provided by BSA
Facebook (keyword)
Fines for violating copyright law
If convicted of violating copyright law
Risks of Software Piracy

www.bsa.org
www.bsaaudit.com
Business Software Alliance (BSA) Anti-Piracy
$150,000 per title copied
$250,000 per title copied and/or Jail (up to 5 years)
Financial: Thousand of dollars in fines and damages
Technical: Information security risks; viruses, trojans, malware; Identity theft; Exposure of sensitive data and personal information.
Legal: Fines, Criminal Prosecution, Risk of being caught by BSA



About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world.  BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace.  Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world.  BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce.  BSA members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, Aveva, Bentley Systems, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Microsoft, Minitab, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

SOURCE Business Software Alliance