Bigger Reward for Software Whistleblowers

Anti-piracy group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has doubled the potential reward for whistleblowers, to encourage workers to report illegal software use within their organisations.

Until the end of this year, BSA is offering up to 20,000 for individuals reporting software piracy. To date, the organisation has offered a reward of 10 percent of the value of any software recovered, up to a maximum of 10,000.

Siobhan Carroll, BSA's regional manager for Northern Europe, said the organisation hopes the higher reward will raise awareness of the dangers of non-compliance among firms, where 29 percent of software is thought to be illegal. "People are concerned about working in an environment where illegal or counterfeit software is used," she said.

BSA research indicates that almost half of workers are concerned about illegal software use within their firm. Of these, 57 percent believe it is indicative of poor company management.