Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

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

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

CloudEXPO Stories
SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, we are the world's third largest independent software manufacturer. Harness the power of your data and accelerate trusted outcome-driven innovation by developing intelligent and live solutions for real-time decisions and actions on a single data copy. Support next-generation transactional and analytical processing with a broad set of advanced analytics - run securely across hybrid and multicloud environments.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Kevin Jackson joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning "Cloud Musings" blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a "Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand" by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post "Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter" (2013) and a "Top 50 Cloud Computing Blogger for IT Integrators" by CRN (2015). Mr. Jackson's professional career includes service in the US Navy Space Systems Command, Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and NJVC Vice President, Cloud Services. He is currently part of a team responsible for onboarding mission applications to the US Intelligence Community cloud computing environment (IC ...
Provide an overview of the capabilities of Azure Stack allowing you or your customers to adopt truly consistent Hybrid Cloud capabilities to deliver greater productivity in your cloud world. Ultan Kinahan is on a member of the Global Black Belt team at Microsoft with a focus on Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud. Ultan has been in the Azure team since the beginning, Has held roles in Engineering, Sales and now consults with both small to medium size business and the worlds largest organizations on how to incorporate Hybrid into their own digital transformations.
As the fourth industrial revolution continues to march forward, key questions remain related to the protection of software, cloud, AI, and automation intellectual property. Recent developments in Supreme Court and lower court case law will be reviewed to explain the intricacies of what inventions are eligible for patent protection, how copyright law may be used to protect application programming interfaces (APIs), and the extent to which trademark and trade secret law may have expanded relevance to the cloud. Best practices for intellectual property protection, licensing, and other topics will be presented, including checklists for engineers, product managers, sales/marketing, and other constituencies. Drawing upon his pre-lawyer life as a product manager for cloud based products, the presenter will emphasize those topics believed to be most practically relevant.
Early Bird Registration Discount Expires on August 31, 2018 Conference Registration Link ▸ HERE. Pick from all 200 sessions in all 10 tracks, plus 22 Keynotes & General Sessions! Lunch is served two days. EXPIRES AUGUST 31, 2018. Ticket prices: ($1,295-Aug 31) ($1,495-Oct 31) ($1,995-Nov 12) ($2,500-Walk-in)