It is anticipated that employees will try to pirate more software in a tight economy.

IT, management and employees continue to threaten enterprises by pirating software. Last year, the Business Software Alliance paid a total of $136,100 in rewards to 42 individuals for verifiable tips about software corporate piracy. It’s a surprisingly low figure while the alliance contends that many people refused the rewards. In an informal survey conducted by the BSA, many cited their motivation as simply to "do the right thing." While the BSA receives a steady stream of software piracy tips year in and year out, the group anticipates there may be an increase this year due to the economic downturn. When business is down and IT budgets are stretched thin, some managers may be tempted to cut corners, leading to increased use of unlicensed software in their businesses.