30 days grace period for companies with illegal software
The BSA (Business Software Alliance) has started a campaign in Berlin against companies that use unlicensed software. The campaign will soon be launched nationwide. Affected companies can report themselves between April 14th and May 14th and thus avoid legal prosecution during these 30 days.
The under the slogan 'You have 30 days grace period. Only licensed software reassured.' The offensive against the use of unlicensed software in German companies has already been carried out in other countries such as Austria, Spain and the USA. The impetus for such a campaign came not least from dissatisfied former employees of companies. As the manager of the BSA for Central Europe, Georg Herrnleben, announced, it is estimated that every third piece of software in Germany is used in companies without a license. The resulting damage amounts to more than 730 million euros, according to the software industry. Many well-known software companies are members of the BSA, for example Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec or Autodesk, to name just a few.