Report: BSA Singapore says "No snitches"

The Singapore arm of anti-piracy industry group, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), says it does not urge employees to report software copyright violations by their employers, as is done by its US chapter.

          The Singapore arm of anti-piracy industry group, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), says it does not urge employees to report software copyright violations by their employers, as is done by its US chapter.

          Instead, it prefers to rely on "education", according to a report in The Straits Times here Tuesday. Last year, it sent out 150,000 letters to small businesses, encouraging them not to use bootleg software. It encouraged companies to conduct checks and report any violations within a month, to avoid breaking the law.

          Companies were encouraged to give details about the number of software installations, licences and invoices.

          A spokesman was quoted in the report as saying that there are no plans to launch a drive to encourage disgruntled employees from "ratting" on their employers who use bootlegs.

          In the US, the BSA has launched a radio campaign in four US cities, encouraging employeees to snitch on their employers.

          In a US radio advertisement that can be heard at the BSA's website, Bob Kruger, the group's vice president of enforcement, says the BSA is looking for disgruntled employees to identify possible infringements and turn in their employers.

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