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Even though software piracy poses a serious threat to small businesses, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your company. Software is a valuable asset to your business, and it should be treated as any other company asset.

Effective software management does more than just keep your business legal — it can also allow for significant cost savings, not only in direct expenditure on software, but also in related process and infrastructure costs. For example, an efficient software management system can help businesses avoid over-licensing, IT managers be more effective and business owners negotiate purchases with authorized dealers.

Managing your software effectively is your responsibility and legal obligation, but SBA and BSA have a number of tools and resources online and in your community that can help you ensure software compliance.