Global Housewares Provider Pays $65,000 to Settle Claims of Unlicensed Software Use

Mar 30, 2010, 09:00 ET from Business Software Alliance

WASHINGTON, March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the voice of the world's commercial software industry, today announced a settlement with Gibson Overseas, Inc. of Commerce, CA.  Gibson Overseas paid $65,000 to BSA to settle claims that it had unlicensed copies of Adobe and Microsoft software installed on its computers.  As part of the settlement agreement, the company agreed to delete all unlicensed copies of software from its computers, acquire any licenses necessary to become compliant, and commit to implementing stronger software asset management (SAM) practices.  BSA was alerted to the unlicensed software use by a confidential report made on its web site

In business since 1979, Gibson is a leading manufacturer of tableware, cutlery, cookware, and more to every class of trade in the retail industry.

"Gibson Overseas has cooperated fully with BSA throughout its investigation.  While Gibson Overseas has made no admission of any liability regarding the allegations made by BSA, the audit performed by Gibson Overseas has permitted our organization to implement processes that will assure that software licensing issues do not resurface," said a representative of the company.

"All organizations need to work to maintain sound procedures that ensure they are using safe and legal software to operate their business," said Jodie Kelley, BSA's Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel.  "Software piracy affects more than just the software industry. Using legal software is the key to reducing piracy, strengthening local IT businesses, and creating jobs during these challenging economic times."


2007 California Piracy Rate*


Losses to California Software Vendors

$1.36 billion

Losses to California Distributors/Service Providers

$3.88 billion

Lost State and Local Tax Revenue (CA)

$556 million

2008 US Piracy Rate**


2008 U.S. Losses to Software Industry

$9.1 Billion

vs.  2007


Benefits of reducing piracy by 10%age points over 4 years

32,000 new jobs; $41 billion in economic growth; $7 billion in tax revenue

2008 Global Piracy Rate


2008 Worldwide Losses to Software Industry

$53.0 Billion

vs.  2007


* 2008 BSA-IDC State Piracy Study

** Sixth-Annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study

BSA Rewards Program

Know It, Report It, Reward It

Rewards Paid by BSA  Since 2008


Avg. Annual End-User Piracy Reports Received by BSA


Website for Reporting Piracy to BSA

Hotline for Reporting Piracy to BSA


BSA website

Free Self-Audit tools provided by BSA  

Facebook (keyword)

Business Software Alliance (BSA) Anti-Piracy

Fines for violating copyright law

$150,000 per title copied

If convicted of violating copyright law

$250,000 per title copied and/or Jail (up to 5 years)

Risks of Software Piracy

Financial:  Thousands of dollars in fines and damages

Technical: Information security risks;  viruses, trojans, malware; Identity theft;  Exposure of sensitive data and personal information.

Legal: Fines, Criminal Prosecution, Risk of being caught by BSA

About BSA

The Business Software Alliance ( is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world.  BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace.  Its members represent one of the fastest growing industries in the world.  BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce.  BSA members include Adobe, Altium, Apple, Autodesk, Aveva, Bentley Systems, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation,  Microsoft, Minitab, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

SOURCE Business Software Alliance