A Business Software Alliance (BSA) bounty hunter has bagged £4000 for bringing IT company Frazier International Group to book for its use of unlicensed software.
The Scottish company paid the anti-software theft organisation £40,000 for using unlicensed copies of Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec software. Ten per cent was paid as a reward to the caller who tipped off the BSA through its confidential hotline.
A spokeswoman for the BSA said that since its reward campaign began last year, offering 10 per cent of the recovered sum up to a maximum of £10,000, leads have shot up.
"We did a survey which asked if people would be more likely to call the BSA if they got a reward. Over half said yes," explained a BSA representative.
Frazier blamed the non-payment on a period of rapid growth when the management structure was decentralised. There has since been a change in management, the company said.
"Frazier abhors the use of unlicensed software and rigidly conforms to its copyright obligations," said a spokesperson.
The BSA said that the UK software industry lost £373m to software piracy last year, and estimates that one in four pieces of business software in the UK is illegal.
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