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Business Software Alliance lost clue(do) on how to tackle piracy

This one piece of news went under the radar in early May 2006. The Business Software Alliance has launched an online Cluedo to highlight pitfalls of pirated software.

Produced in association with Hasbro, who own the Cluedo license, software Cluedo is an online version of the real MC Coy and allows employees to play detective to uncover software pirates.

While I can understand that BSA's work is to reduce piracy to the strict minimum, I don't understand how playing Cluedo in the office is going to help this. You do win prizes, albeit in software applications only, but how many managing directors would wish that their employees play that game rather than work?

The promotion ends on the 30th of June 2006 so you might want to pop in to have a look. However, I would have been more impressed if they promoted their free auditing tools a little bit more or even better, helped to design better free Software Asset Management software.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.