COMPUTERS AT WORK WATCHDOG the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has published a report which shows that, for the first time ever, fewer companies in the UK are using illegal or unlicensed software than ever before.
Given that the software industry spends bucketloads of cash on preventing the use of dodgy software, and that there is a global downturn in piracy in general, you might be forgiven for thinking that the reported one per cent reduction in piracy in the UK, from 27 to 26 per cent, looks a little disappointing.
But the BSA, using maths and other voodoo trickery, claims that, if the trend continues and the level of back-door hackery and crackery reduces by just ten per cent, the resultant increase in revenue could generate 13,622 new jobs, contribute £4.42 billion to the UK economy and increase tax revenues by £1.08 billion. Dontcha just love statistics?
The first of a number of regional swoops took part in Glasgow recently, and the organisation has conveniently pointed out that Manchester is next major city on the list. So you Manc types had better make sure all of your font licenses and copies of Photoshop are completely Kosher, 'coz the Copyright Cops will be kicking down a door near you real soon.
The BSA is funded by a long list of software firms with an obviously vested interest, including Apple, Avid, Corel, Microsoft, Monotype, Quark and Symantec. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score