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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."

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 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.