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Reward doubled for those who inform on employers for unlicensed programme use

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The international organisation charged with tracking down the illegal use of software has doubled its reward for those who report their own companies to £20,000.

The Business Software Alliance - which two years ago reported that over a third of cases were from architects or engineers - has decided to up the ante.

Until the end of the month the cash pay-off for those who report their employers will be the special new figure.

The organisation has previously targeted the architectural community, a group it believes is especially guilty of this 'crime'.

Empirical evidence suggests that the illegal use of CAD systems - without a licence - is especially widespread among young and small practices.

Siobhan Carroll, the BSA's regional manager for northern Europe said the reward increase was timely.

'By doubling the incentives for informants we are also effectively doubling the risk for businesses of getting caught out. Hopefully this will make software licensing a higher priority,' she said.

by Ed Dorrell

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