BSA uses pirated photo in large anti-piracy campaign

Published on March 22, 2014

BSA uses pirated photo in large anti-piracy campaign

    The other day , news was published on Habré that the BSA trade association (which includes corporations such as Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and Symantec and others) launched an anti-piracy campaign that allows you to earn money in exchange for denouncing the use of unlicensed software by someone . The maximum reward in this campaign is 200 thousand US dollars.

    But this is bad luck. This campaign used a photograph that, as Torrentfreak reporters determined, was simply stolen using it without permission from the owner.

    In the announcement, the picture that was used in the campaign itself. As you can see, it’s a pot full of gold, which it’s kind of like a person who has reported a violation — using a private person or organizing unlicensed software — can get it.

    Upon closer inspection, it turns out that in the photo there is a cake made in the form of a pot of gold, and a photo of the cake was posted by one of the users of the Cakecentral resource . According to reporters, there was every reason to argue that the photo was used without permission from the owner.

    In order to determine whether this photo was really used without the permission of the owner, the journalists turned to the anti-piracy project team, i.e. to BSA contacts. No one answered, but the “anti-piracy” poster itself simply disappeared fromFacebook BSA , where it was originally posted.

    But the journalists made a copy in advance (there are very interesting facebook comments on this picture), in addition, this picture remained in the Google cache .

    Journalists have already turned to the author of the photograph, recommending suing the BSA. And now it’s interesting - will the author of the photo get his pot of gold? Only real, not confectionery.

    In general, all this could be considered a trifle if the rightholders themselves did not pay attention to such "trifles", violations, requiring compensation in the thousands and thousands of dollars.

    Via torrentfreak