A1 TP hosts meeting on software piracy

A1 TP hosts meeting on software piracy


ROCKFORD–Association of Information Technology Professionals (Rock River Valley), an organization dedicated to the IT professional and education in emerging technologies, announced a meeting focusing on software piracy with guest speaker Bob Kruger, vice president of Enforcement with the Business Software Alliance.

In the past year, licensing issues became a great concern—to businesses publishing software and those purchasing software. If a company’s software is not fully licensed (each software program installed must have a license), it may be fined up to $150,000 per title infringed. This issue is important to the future of every company and our community. The costs of internal software audits caused many companies to make it a low priority. If ever audited, however, this decision could cause a major financial impact that was easily avoided.

Jim Anderson, President of AITP Rock River Valley, said, “After the truce campaign in Chicago Ill., we felt that it was our obligation to inform area businesses of the financial impact from fines for software piracy. For example, if a disgruntled employee turns in a business and the sheriff comes knocking at your door, your normal work processes are interrupted until the audit is completed, plus any licenses unaccounted for are subject to fines up to $150,000 per title infringed. If a suite of products, like Microsoft Office or Lotus Suites is pirated, you are talking about five or six title infringements. Add to this any court and litigation fees, and you could be talking about a financial impact over $1,000,000.”

Rock River Valley Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (A1TP) wants to provide answers to companies about software piracy and internal software audit programs. This will aid companies in planning their future. On May 24, 2001, A1TP is hosting a dinner meeting to address these concerns. Bob Kruger, Vice President of Enforcement with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) will speak on Software Piracy and its consequences.

Contact the Association of Information Technology Professionals, Rock River Valley Chapter at www.aitpRockford.com.

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