Manchester is the worst English city for software piracy outside London, according to an IT industry body which is trying to stamp it out.
The Business Software Alliance is giving local businesses six weeks to prove themselves legal or face an investigation.
The BSA intends to “reach out to local businesses to educate them of the impact software piracy can have”, particularly on the local IT industry, which employs more than 40,000 people.
During May and June, Manchester businesses will be asked to take part in a “software healthcheck” to assess their own status.
Companies that complete the check will not be subject to BSA investigation that will follow after the two-month period.
BSA representatives will be in Manchester from May 12 to meet local business groups, software resellers and politicians.
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.
Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).
When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.
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