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Software Piracy Police? Targeting Chicago?

March 31, 2009

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This morning's news from the BSA about settling with a Nevada-based engineering company for $205,000 reminded me about a press release I saw a couple of weeks ago.

The press release, "Software Piracy Police Target Chicago Businesses Despite Recession," was put out by the law firm Scott & Scott:

Scott & Scott, LLP is one of the only U.S. law firms with a practice group dedicated to BSA and SIIA Defense. The firm is dedicated to helping senior executives assess and reduce the legal, financial, and regulatory risks associated with software compliance.

The press release noted that the BSA was "increasing its enforcement efforts in the Chicago area" and offered advice on how Chicago businesses can protect themselves.

A few questions jumped out at me:

  • Is there really that much software piracy in Chicago that the BSA is focusing on this one city?
  • Is software piracy so prevalent in the U.S. that there are BSA/SIIA defense firms?
  • Software Piracy Police? A bit of hype, but it is a marketing piece.

Well, as today's news from the BSA shows, software piracy does occur in the U.S. quite a bit, and they are recovering settlements with these businesses. Many law firms do a lot of good work around the area of compliance,but I do find it interesting that at least this one firm has created a specific defense practice here.

- Michael
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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.