The other day on Habra. news was published that the BSA trade association (which includes corporations such as Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and Symantec, among others) has launched an anti-piracy campaign that allows you to earn money in exchange for denouncing someone’s use of unlicensed software.The maximum reward in this campaign is $200, 000.
But here’s the rub. This campaign used a photo that Torrentfreak journalists determined was simply stolen, using it without the owner’s permission.
In the announcement is a picture that was used in the campaign itself. As you can see, that’s the pot full of gold that the person who reported the infringement – the use of unlicensed software by an individual or organization – can sort of get.
On closer inspection, it turns out that the photo is a cake made in the form of a pot of gold, and the photo of the cake was posted by one of the users of the resource Cakecentral According to journalists, there was every reason to claim that the photo was used without the owner’s permission.
In order to determine whether or not this photo was really used without the owner’s permission, journalists contacted the team of the anti-piracy project, i.e. the BSA contacts. No one responded, but the "anti-piracy" poster itself simply disappeared from Facebook BSA where it was originally posted.
But reporters have made an advance copy (very interesting facebook comments on this picture here), besides, this picture was left in Google cache
Journalists have already contacted the author of the photo, recommending that the BSA be sued. And now I wonder – will the author of the photo get his pot of gold? Only a real one, not a candy pot.
Generally speaking, all this could be considered a trifle if the copyright holders themselves didn’t pay attention to such "trifles", violations, demanding thousands and thousands of dollars in refunds.