BELTUG has put together a letter for members with recommendations on what to do if they receive a communication from the BSA/ The Software Alliance. This letter is being sent to all our members, who can share it with their management to explain our concerns and suggestions. It is also available in Dutch and French.
The letter explains that, after some of our members contacted us about receiving a communication from the BSA/ The Software Alliance, we arranged a complete member Consultation. We discovered that in fact quite a few had received these communications, strongly urging them to register on the BSA website to ensure "compliance" with software licensing.
While there are different versions of the BSA communication, they all include the same general information, stating that the company being contacted should activate its “corporate The Software Alliance profile” and download The Software Alliance tools that – so the communications assert ‐ will help the company to manage its software licenses. The communications also state that The Software Alliance could decide to take legal action if a preliminary investigation indicates possible regular illegal use of software.
We consulted with legal and industry experts, and drafted an “Open Letter” to the BSA explaining in detail our multiple and serious concerns with their request/instructions and methods.
Based on these concerns, we recommend to our members that: