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The Business Software Alliance (BSA), an organization backed by some of software's biggest names such as Microsoft, Apple and Adobe, has turned up the heat on cracking down on piracy....

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), an organization backed by some of software’s biggest names such as Microsoft, Apple and Adobe, has turned up the heat on cracking down on piracy. Regional offices have been setup in specific target countries to induce institutions who use unlicensed operating systems and applications to pay up for a switch. It seems that the strategy is to enlist the support of the masses by paying very handsomely for it. In the Philippines, the bounty for telling on a company suspected of running fakes on computers can go up to one million pesos (around US$19,500 at present exchange rates). This pales in comparison to international rates which have just gone up from US$50,000 to US$200,000.

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