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The Jig Is Up

Think no one knows about those bootlegged disks? The BSA has its eye on you.

This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's just another day at the office. You're busy trying to squeeze some cash flow out of your entrepreneurial dream when your assistant interrupts to announce there's a Federal marshal out front with a search warrant. Mistake? No, and your day just got a whole lot busier.

The marshal is accompanied by some guys in suits who claim to represent the BSA-which sounds vaguely familiar, but Boy Scouts they definitely are not. BSA stands for Business Software Alliance, a trade association for the heaviest of software heavies-Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Autodesk.

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