May I see your license and registration? Encounters with the Software Police by Andy Peterson


A familiar refrain is appearing in an unfamiliar context. In 2007, the Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”) announced a program offering rewards up to one million dollars to individuals who report the use of unlicensed software. Reporting individuals may be company employees, contractors, or other individuals with personal knowledge of a company’s network and software installations. The SIIA does not reveal the identity of its informants. Another software license enforcement company that has a similar program is the Business Software Alliance (“BSA”).

Article authored by McAfee & Taft attorney: Andy Peterson.

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