FAST reveals depressing user attitude to software piracy

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FAST reveals depressing user attitude to software piracy

Simon Quicke

Users might have been encouraged to whistleblow on software piracy at work but are unlikely to speak out because they are unaware that there is specific legislation on the statute books to protect them from voicing their concerns.

Research from the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has revealed that 69% of UK workers do not know that whistle blowing legislation exists to protect those who reveal wrong doing and more worryingly three quarters of those quizzed would not report their bosses for using illegal applications.

The findings show the extent to which more education is needed to get users to pay more attention to software piracy, which costs the UK economy millions in lost revenue, with FAST shocked by the number of people that simply would not bother to report piracy in the workplace.

"What is revealed by this research is a pretty depressing picture not only for the software industry contributing to our economic success and providing employment in, but across many other content driven sectors such as music, film and games," said Julian Heathcote Hobbins, general counsel at FAST.

"You are protected as a whistleblower if you are a 'worker'. If you believe that malpractice in the workplace is happening, has happened in the past or will happen in the future; are revealing information of the right type (a 'qualifying disclosure'); revealing it to the right person, and in the right way," he added.

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