The British Software Alliance (BSA) has recovered tens of thousands of pounds worth of pirated software in a raid on a London home.
The anti-piracy group stormed the South London home of a suspected software pirate in a joint operation with Trading Standards officers.
Pirated Microsoft, Corel and Adobe products were confiscated, plus evidence such as receipts and customer orders which are alleged to detail the distribution of illegal software via online auction sites.
The BSA was acting on a tip-off from a disgruntled customer, and the suspected software pirate faces up to 10 years imprisonment if convicted.
The action is part of the group's ongoing campaign to protect consumers from buying illegal software from online auction sites. The BSA warned several European auction websites last month that it may take them to court because they are being used by piratesto sell illegal software.
In this instance, the BSA told vnunet.com that it would not be taking any action against the auction sites. Margo Miller, legal counsel for the BSA, said: "In this case it made sense to work with the Trading Standards officers and focus on the individual. We are trying to educate consumers at this point, and work co-operatively with the auction sites to limit the actions of pirates."
Consumers buying pirated software risk introducing viruses and crashing their systems. Mike Newton, campaign manager at BSA UK, said: "We estimate that up to nine out of 10 software products sold on auction sites are illegal and it is therefore critical that we target these individuals who are duping the consumers."
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