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BSA Bully Over Small Businesses, Becomes RIAA-2

Tech.Luver (1130091) writes | more than 6 years ago

Software 2

Tech.Luver writes "Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group called the Business Software Alliance was claiming that his 10-person architectural firm was using unlicensed software._______________ The alliance demanded $67,000 — most of one year's profit — or else it would seek more in court. "It just scared the hell out of me," Gaertner said._______________ Targeting small businesses is lucrative for the Business Software Alliance, the main copyright-enforcement watchdog for such companies as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and Symantec Corp._______________ Of the $13 million that the BSA reaped in software violation settlements with North American companies last year, almost 90 percent came from small businesses._______________ Gaertner, who worried his BSA encounter would crush his business, wants to rid himself of the Autodesk, Microsoft and Adobe software involved in the case."It's not like they have really good software. It's just that it's widespread and it's commonly used," he said. "It's going to be a while, but eventually, we plan to get completely disengaged from those software vendors that participate in the BSA."_______________ ( )"
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Judges Orders (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21474699)

"These cases get costly because the BSA considers software pirated if a company can't produce a receipt for it, no matter how old it is. Then the BSA generally demands at least twice the retail price of software deemed out of compliance. Plus it charges the "unbundled" prices of software that generally comes together at a discount, like Microsoft Office"

1 - its not a case if you settle with them first
2 - No matter how old? I think this needs to goto court a few times and have their hands slapped.

I dare them to harass me, as ill have them escorted off the premises and a trespassing charge filed. They are not welcome on my PRIVATE property.

Do what my old company did. (1)

downix (84795) | more than 6 years ago | (#21474833)

We had a letter of notice, we immediately dumped every product they could try and claim. The guys showed up in an office running Ubuntu and Open Office. Really made them look silly.
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