CPA Firm Fined $23k for Software Piracy

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A North Carolina accounting firm has agreed to pay a fine of $23,229 for piracy of Microsoft software. The firm, SEII in Durham, North Carolina, performed a self audit in which it was determined that the firm did not have licenses for all of the copies of Microsoft software in use.

The payout is part of a combined $304,359 that was collected from eight organizations in the Southeast, after investigations were performed by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a watchdog group representing the nation's leading software manufacturers.

Announcements of the agreements to settle claims for software piracy are part of the BSA's second annual Software Piracy Sweeps Week, and followed close on the heels of a study released by the group citing an increase in the amount of software piracy worldwide.

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