Michigan -- A Top Source for Software Piracy Leads for Business Software Alliance (BSA)

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Business Software Alliance (BSA) recently reported that Michigan was one of six states that accounted for nearly half of all software piracy tips received in 2010. Manufacturers and distributors were the top industry sectors. Software audit defense firm, Scott & Scott, LLP, says the Business Software Association (BSA) has done nothing to simplify or standardize the license agreements of its member companies which leaves the burden of understanding the lengthy and complex agreements entirely on businesses.

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The Business Software Alliance and its members have done very little to simplify or standardize the unique, lengthy and complex license agreements of its member companies.

The Business Software Alliance recently announced that Michigan was one of the six states that accounted for 49.3% of the software piracy reports received in 2010. Manufacturers and distributers were reported as the most frequent industry sector violators.

Scott & Scott, LLP seeks to point out there is another side to the software piracy discussion: the side that looks at the interests of the millions of honest businesses that routinely purchase legitimate software for the majority of the products that are installed on their networks. Many of these companies simply do not have the resources—both financial and human—to interpret software license agreements and establish very costly initiatives, largely because of the unnecessary complexities of the license agreements created by the software industry.

“The Business Software Alliance and its members have done very little to simplify or standardize the unique, lengthy and complex license agreements of its member companies, said Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, of intellectual property and technology law firm, Scott & Scott, LLP.

The Business Software Alliance, commonly referred to as BSA, a global software industry trade association owned and funded by big name companies, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Microsoft, and Symantec, conducts copyright enforcement actions on behalf of its members.

Software license compliance can cost large enterprises millions of dollars; smaller enterprises often face even greater costs as a percentage of revenue. Complying with the complex and ever-changing license agreements that publishers mandate requires enormous human and financial resources.

“We believe that the Business Software Alliance (BSA) should do more to lessen the compliance burden on American businesses, as they seek to adhere to complex license agreements and the challenging asset reconciliation process. In doing so, companies will have the resources necessary to invest in revenue generating initiatives, as well as foster innovation that drives their businesses—and the U.S. economy,” said Scott.

About Scott & Scott, LLP:
Scott & Scott, LLP (http://www.scottandscottllp.com and http://www.bsadefense.com) is a boutique intellectual property and technology law firm with an emphasis on software disputes, technology transactions, brand protection, and federal litigation. Our lawyers and technology professionals take a principled approach to each engagement, leveraging our experience to provide value. Our clients range from mature small businesses to publicly traded multi-national corporations who work proactively with us to creatively solve business and legal issues. We regularly work as part of a team of in-house and outside attorneys managing large-scale legal projects. We take the time to listen to a client’s objectives and understand its business before developing a custom strategy and project plan designed to give the client visibility into the process and the potential outcomes.

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