The editor of a local Internet news service has rejected criticism from a Business Software Alliance spokesman who says he is "implicitly promoting" software piracy.
A link to a Hong Kong site which appears to brazenly sell bootleg CDs full of BSA member software was included in the weekly edition of Bruce Simpson's Aardvark news service, under the regular 'I can't believe it's true' section.
BSA spokesman Aaron Pederson says his office has "been made aware of" the link " and I must say I'm not familiar with ... Bill Simpson, is it? But I'm surprised that anyone in his position would take that sort of attitude, of implicitly promoting that sort of activity by providing a link to it. It's hardly a responsible attitude."
Simpson says the BSA "has a strange perspective. I've given them a lead to an active site - I might say I want my $5000! I'm just reporting the facts. I mean, get real, these sites exist. I simply highlighted quite how brazen this one is."
Simpson says he was alerted to the site's existence by a posting by its owners to the nz.comp newsgroup. He has since emailed the the ISP which hosts the site, but has received no response.
The BSA's Hong Kong branch is looking into the site itself, "and we will be bringing the matter up with Aardvark. We only received information about the Hong Kong site recently and we will have to satisfy ourselves that all is as it seems."
Pederson says asking Simpson to delete the link "will be our next step."