The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has doubled the rewardto those staff that are prepared to blow the whistle on their employers usingunlicensed software.
According to research that it has undertaken to support acampaign in the capital it is running London-based staff are quite likely toreport their bosses for unlicensed software, particularly if they could getextra cash.
The BSA has reacted by increasing the potential reward forwhistle blowing from £10,000 to £20,000 until the end of the year.
“Many cash-strapped employees are willing to supplementtheir earnings in the run up to Christmas by reporting illegal businesspractices,” said Alyna Cope, spokesperson for the BSA UKCommittee.
The BSA is using an advertising and telemarketing campaignto stir up whistle blowers in the capital in the next few weeks.
“We are already investigating several companies in London for usingunlicensed software, and they face the prospect of legal proceedings," Cope added.
"Businesses should think carefully about their software use and avoid wastingmoney on legal action, financial settlements and the unplanned purchase oflegitimate software,” she warned.