The Business Software Association of Australia has embarked on a new campaign to stamp out the illegal use of pirated software in small and medium businesses.
The BSAA has warned that small businesses will not escape harsh legal penalties and fines ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 if they continue to use unlicensed software.
The theme of the campaign is "No business is too small" and will follow the use of a $5,000 reward hotline for people to dob in illegal software use.
"Many small and medium businesses have felt that they were too small to be noticed and unlikely to be caught," said Jim Macnamara, BSAA chairman.
However, SMEs will be offered a free Software Compliance & Audit manual, free online information on licensing (www.bsaa.com.au) and a toll-free hotline for advice.