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The Jig Is Up

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

By Mike Hogan • May 1, 2002

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

The marshal is accompanied by some guys in suits who claim torepresent the BSA-which sounds vaguely familiar, but Boy Scoutsthey 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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