Accountants are working hard to stay on top of software piracy in their firms, according to a survey by the Business Software Alliance, but there is a "strong disconnect" between what accountants are saying they know is wrong and what they are actually doing.

The study by the BSA, a trade group representing software manufacturers, surveyed 303 accountants regarding their attitudes towards software piracy in the workplace. While 91 percent of accountants feel that software piracy is a risk businesses shouldn't take, 10 percent say that it occurs in their workplace, and 32 percent say that it occurs in the industry as a whole. The survey also found that four of five accountants wouldn't want to work for a firm that uses unlicensed software, most know that it's wrong to share software with co-workers without proper licensing, and most say that cost is not a justification for using unlicensed software.

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