Corporate Software 'Piracy' a Red Herring, claims Licensing expert

Software license management specialist Acresso Software voiced concerns about UK organisations being branded as thieves for committing software 'piracy' in the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) annual report, published this week, saying that is is a highly complex area.

Vincent Smyth, RVP Sales, Acresso Software, comments: "From our experience, very few organisations purposely commit software piracy. An IT manager is faced with an incredibly large and complex collection of software applications that have grown over the years, and unfortunately many find it impossible to have a holistic and comprehensive view of their software infrastructure to resolve the question of who needs what kind of software. For this reason, organisations are often under-buying, but also over-buying software licences.

"The biggest organisations are often the ones most affected by this lack of clarity - the larger the user base, the greater the complexity - and very few IT managers in blue-chip organisations which are likely to be highly regulated would deliberately look to avoid license fees. In fact, we are even finding that IT managers frequently over-buy licences to cover their backs and stay compliant.

Smyth concludes: "It's great that the BSA is highlighting the problem of ISVs not being paid revenue that is rightfully theirs, they need to take circumstances into consideration more."