Techdirt Still Doesn't Have To Pay Out Up To $1 Million Since The BSA Hasn't Paid Out Either

from the up-to-trickery dept

The BSA sure does love to use bogus numbers. Usually, it's with its stats on "piracy" that are so ridiculously misleading it's amazing that the press reports them as fact so often. However, it also gets away with a silly gimmick where it promises to pay out "up to $1 million" for snitching on your employer for using pirated software. Except, of course, the fine print reveals that the "up to" part is really important. Basically, the BSA gets to decide how much it pays out -- and you can bet that it's not anywhere close to $1 million. In fact, in response to the BSA's program, we promised to pay out up to $1 million to anyone who could prove the BSA paid any individual $1 million. It looks like we're safe again. In 2008, the BSA paid out -- in total -- $136,000 to 42 different people, making an average of $3,200. The BSA is now pitching that as a way to make some extra money in a down economy -- though, I would imagine that losing your job after tipping off the BSA might create a bit more hardship than $3k covers.

Filed Under: bogus numbers, piracy, software


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    Peter Beruk, 23 Jan 2009 @ 8:30am

    $ Million dollar payouts for reporting piracy

    The individuals who have decided to report software piracy to the BSA are more often than not, doing so because they know that it's illegal. Yes, some are motivated by the money but many opt out of the reward. They report piracy without fanfare and are content with simply doing the right thing.

    If your company is using illegal copies of software, you can report piracy today at www.nopiracy.com or 1-888-NO-PIRACY.

    Peter Beruk
    Sr. Director, Compliance Marketing
    Business Software Alliance

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