Over two thirds of corporate employees would be ready to rat on their employer if illegal software was being used in a company.
According to an independent survey published by industry watchdog the Business Software Alliance (BSA), 69 per cent of workers would be prepared to report unlicensed software usage, and 73 per cent would insist on stricter enforcement of software usage policy.
But the report also uncovered an education gap in users' understanding of software management policy. Less than half the respondents had been advised of any responsibility with regard to illegal software usage, and only seven per cent knew a colleague who had been disciplined for software misuse.
A total of 63 per cent said they would consider their jobs at risk if they thought that their company was using illegal software.
Mike Newton, programme manager for BSA in the UK, said that the results "show a disappointing lack of support from most employers, who aren't doing their part to put their employees at ease".
But he added that it is very encouraging to see that "so many employees are now realising the risks of illegal software in the workplace".
The BSA estimates that a quarter of all software in use in the UK is illegal. The watchdog is currently suing six companies for suspected software abuse, and investigating more than 400 others. Businesses found guilty of misuse face unlimited fines, while company directors face imprisonment for up to two years.
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