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The BSA, also known as the Business Software Alliance, or the Software Alliance, is a trade group involving many of the world's largest software makers. The principle goal of the organization is to stop copyright infringement (especially "piracy" - unlicensed use of copies of software) of software produced by the organization's members. It does this using a combination of legal enforcement activities, and public education/relations campaigns. Additionally, the BSA has published annual studies of software piracy in collaboration with the International Data Corporation, and has lobbied for stricter copyright laws.
The organization has attracted certain level of criticism, particularly for its enforcement activities which have included offering rewards to disgruntled employees of organizations who believe that their employer has infringed the licences of software belonging to one or more BSA members. Additionally, some people have criticized the methodology of the BSA's annual studies, and the group's lobbying activities.
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