p2p news / p2pnet: Want to earn $36K? And all you have to do is rat out your boss?
If that’s cool with you and you’re in the UK, you’ll be of interest to a software enforcement group which boastrs Microsoft and Apple among its members.
Called the BSA (Business Software Alliance), it’s offering a $36,000 bribe, “to anyone who informs on employers who use illegal or unlicensed software,” says CNET News.
“The BSA already has an online hotline for people to report the use of illegal software within U.K. organizations, but it has now doubled the reward from 10,000 pounds ($18,000) to 20,000 pounds ($36,000) until the end of June this year.”
A little extreme, perhaps?
BSA Northern Europe regional manager Siobhan Carroll is quoted as saying, “It might seem harsh, but at the end of the day there are 27 percent of businesses who think they can get away with it.”
Disgruntled staff members are often the source of tip-offs and a BSA poll found, “three-quarters of workers would consider reporting their company if they felt their boss had treated them unfairly, while a quarter said poor pay raises would also spur them to rat on their employer,” adds CNET.
CNET News – Rat on your pirate boss, win $36,000, April 27, 2006