Published Apr 01, 2008In an ironic twist of fate, Sony/BMG has been accused of software piracy. According to French newspaper La Provence, who broke the story, a small software company named PointDev claims that as much as 47 per cent of the software used by the major label is considered pirated under French law.
A translation by Zeropaid of the initial report by PointDev, which makes Windows administration software, states: "We are not interested in an amicable settlement. It is not just a question of money but more importantly in principle. The rate of software piracy in the company is very high. According to the Business Software Alliance, an association of the major publishers in the market, 47 percent of programs used in the company would be [unlawful] in France...
The raid by the Business Software Alliance that uncovered the pirated programs was triggered by a Sony IT workers request for help with a computer program named Ideal Migration. PointDev tech support tried to assist the worker, but allegedly discovered that the software key was pirated.
So there you have it file sharers, the big guys are reportedly stealing too.