Bypass software patents - every 7th company is ready to do so
According to a survey by the BSA (Business Software Alliance), every seventh company in Germany is willing to infringe software patents in order to save money. According to the BSA, the company bosses are not clear about the legal consequences of a license infringement.
Up to three years' imprisonment or a fine can be threatened with a copyright infringement. Up to 15 years or a fine are threatened with commercial infringement of copyrights. However, 15.8 percent of German companies would not be deterred, they would take the risk to save costs on software. Across Europe, however, the Germans are still doing well with a share of 32 percent. According to a study by the BSA, which was carried out between March and September 2001, less than 50 percent conduct regular checks of their software inventory.