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NJ Automotive Dealer Pays Over $97,200 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with Pine Belt Automotive, Inc. of Toms River, NJ. Pine Belt Auto paid $97,218 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Microsoft and Symantec software installed on its computers. As part of the settlement agreement, the company agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from its computers, acquire any licenses necessary to become compliant, and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices. BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use by a confidential report made on its web site www.nopiracy.com.

Pine Belt Automotive is a family of Dealerships in the NJ area that has been operating for over 24 years. The company deals in several major automotive brands.

"Pine Belt Automotive had started an internal compliance program several months before it was notified of the BSA claims and worked fully with BSA in resolving issues of unlicensed software use," said Ernie Marino, Operations Manager of the company. "Performing the software audit allowed us to maximize our IT efficiency and helped us to protect our own software assets."

"All businesses need to be certain they have adequate licenses for all software installed on their computers," said Jenny Blank, BSA's Senior Director of Legal Affairs. "Proper software asset management helps to maximize a company's IT investment and ensure the highest level of software security. Unfortunately, the use of unlicensed software is a significant issue that impacts the technology industry and ultimately jeopardizes the spirit of innovation and creativity that is so critical to success."

DATA

     2008 US
      Piracy Rate*                                                    20%
     2008 U.S.
      Losses to
      Software
      Industry                                              $9.1 Billion
     vs.  2007                                                        -1%
     Benefits of
      reducing
      piracy by
      10% age       32,000 new jobs; $41 billion
      points over   in economic growth; $7
      4 years**     billion in tax revenue

     2008 Global
      Piracy Rate                                                     41%
     2008
      Worldwide
      Losses to
      Software
      Industry                                             $53.0 Billion
     vs.  2007                                                        +3%
     =========                                                       ===
                    * Sixth-Annual BSA-IDC
                    Global Software Piracy
                    Study
                    ** Economic Benefits of
                    Reducing PC Software Piracy
                    Study

     BSA Rewards    Know It, Report It, Reward
      Program       It
     Rewards Paid
      by BSA
      Since 2008                                                $327,000
     Avg. Annual
      End-User
      Piracy
      Reports
      Received by
      BSA                                                          2,419
     Website for
      Reporting
      Piracy to
      BSA          www.nopiracy.com
     Hotline for
      Reporting
      Piracy to
      BSA          1-888-NO-PIRACY
     ===========   ===============

     BSA website   www.bsa.org
                   -----------
     Free Self-
      Audit tools
      provided by
      BSA           www.bsaaudit.com
                    ----------------
     Facebook       Business Software Alliance
      (keyword)     (BSA) Anti-Piracy
     Fines for
      violating
      copyright
      law                                      $150,000 per title copied
     If convicted
      of violating
      copyright
      law          $250,000 per title copied and/or Jail (up to 5 years)
     Risks of       Financial:  Thousands of
      Software      dollars in fines and
      Piracy        damages
                    Technical: Information
                    security risks;  viruses,
                    trojans, malware; Identity
                    theft;  Exposure of
                    sensitive data and personal
                    information.
                    Legal: Fines, Criminal
                    Prosecution, Risk of being
                    caught by BSA
                    ==========================

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Corel, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation, Microsoft, Minitab, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

SOURCE Business Software Alliance

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